Esperanza Studio Photos 1942-1943?

Esperanza Lopez Mateos, date unknown, imprint "Maya Mexico"


After Henry left Mexico, Esperanza wrote him and said she would be sending him a photo with a smiling face so he would not remember her sad.
Sept 2 de 1943

Blue Eyes:

Aunque estés en el fin del mundo, no me dejes sin noticias tuyas, te lo niego, dices: "Take it easy", pero eso es imposible. ¿Comprendes?

Sé que volverás tienes que volver. Entonces estaré un poco más vieja y más triste, pero queriéndote aún en esa forma que tú no comprendes.

¡Hasta la Vista!


Sept 2 of 1943

Blue Eyes:

Although you are in the end of the world, you don't leave me without your news, I deny it to you, you say: "Take it easy", but that is impossible. Do you understand?

I know that you will return you have to return. Then I will be a little older and sadder, but still loving you in that form that you don't understand.

Good bye!


Franz Pfemfert likely knew Ret Marut in Germany and could have recognized him as B. Traven had he run into him in Mexico City. Their biographies are very similar, and they knew many of the same people. Franz Pfemfert ended up in Mexico City in 1941, and he naturally contacted Natalia Trotsky, as they had corresponded with each other for years. Franz opened a photo studio to support himself, as he had done in Europe. Henry, an experienced carpenter, and interested in photography, helps him build the studio.

When Henry meets Esperanza, he writes home she has no good photos, but he will soon have some made. Esperanza Lopez Mateos, possibly from Jan 6, 1942, Henry writes in his notebook "with Esp to Pfemfert for fotos". Henry writes Jan 8 as her birthday several times in his notebooks, but doesnt seem to know the year, except for one letter home where he indicates 1913, but that was only once. If so, she would be two days away from her 29th birthday. Estudio Foto is the imprint. 16 de Septiembre No. 54 is the address.

Esperanza Lopez Mateos