Photo of the Week
March 11, 2001
Here is a real classic post card that I recently came across. The narration on the back of the card reads:
Commissary, Cristobal Canal Zone - Located at the end of "Front
Street," the corner of which forms one of the boundaries between
Colon City, Panama and Cristobal, Canal Zone, is the modern shopping
center for Zonians of the Cristobal area. the store covers two
floors and offers a complete general line of merchandise.
I remember as a kid we used to sit in the club house section of the commy downstairs and have a cold pop while waiting for the train back to the Pacific side. My mother loved shopping in Colon and would make frequent trips over on the train.
old commissary burned down during 1964 the riots. Below is a photo
of a U.S. soldier looking out over the smoldering commissary from a window
in the Masonic building. The Masonic building was a key defensive
position for American troops at Cristobal. Rioters tried
unsuccessfully to burn it down too.
Another important piece
Canal Zone history!
|Additional info about the
post card above submitted after:
More notes for your Cristobal Commy postcard (top of page). It was produced in 1947 and it had to have been
taken in February as the (white) triangular flag on the pole in the foreground
is the Carnival Flag. In those days, Carnival was big doings.
Andrew W. Fraser
Other great photos of the '64
riots aftermath of the Cristobal Commissary.
Photos provided by The Kleefkens Collection
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