National Geographic : 1930 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by L. F. Hurlong CLIMBERS OF THE PYRAMID OF THE SUN CAN IMAGINE ITS BUILDERS' TOIL This astonishing work of a forgotten people (see text, page 81) is 216 feet high and rises in five narrowing terraces of earth and volcanic rock, originally faced with cement-plastered masonry. From the mound and its sister, the Pyramid of the Moon, have been taken wrought stone sarcophagi containing human bones, obsidian knives, and terra-cotta heads supposed to be effigies of buried priests. No two of the hundreds of masks unearthed are alike; some appear markedly Egyptian in character, others mongoloid, and not a few negroid. impels them to demand Spanish talkies, and this has induced a situation bordering on the controversial." NIGHT LIFE IS NOT CONSPICUOUS Compared with any great American city, however, one finds here practically no night life in cafes, cabarets, and show places. By 9:30 p. m., except for patrons returning from moving-picture houses, the streets are almost deserted. Climate causes this. Because of high altitude, nights are often exceptionally cool. Dinner is usu ally served in the early afternoon and a light repast at night. Late in the afternoon you see the city's busy shopping streets at their best. Crowds throng the famous avenues; taxis, busses, and private motor cars crowd the streets, where traffic is handled by policemen in white gloves. An odd cosmopolitanism marks the larger stores of Mexico City. In German stores you may see American made machines, typewriters, tools, hard ware, ice boxes, and furniture. Fancy American groceries and preserved meats are sold by Spanish merchants. Women's wear, soaps, perfumery, jewelry, silks, mil linery, and other department-store goods are retailed often by the French, and in nearly all large stores English is spoken. In the past it was obvious that fashionably dressed Mexican women preferred hats, clothing, and shoes imported from Paris. Now, to a growing degree, American styles, especially in sport and street clothes, are closely followed. This is an influence, no doubt, of the moving-picture shows and increasing travel between the United States and Mexico.