Historic Photo of the Day: I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

Jack Delano visited Puerto Rico for the first time in 1941, on a photo assignment from the US Farm Services Administration. 

He loved the island so much that he returned with his wife in 1946. He lived there for the next 51 years, until he died in 1997. 

Delano never stopped taking photographs. He left over 15,000 images of Puerto Rico. Many of them show a striking sensitivity: an awareness of the person, the landscape, and the spirit inside both of them. 

The moment you see below, was preserved by Delano in 1946, shortly after he returned to Puerto Rico.  

The image speaks for itself.

3 Comments on “Historic Photo of the Day: I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

  1. I knew Jack Délano, but initially as a composer. I also have a signed copy of his book of Puerto Rico photos, “Puerto Rico Mio.” I left the island just before he died, and he gave me a large collection of scores related to Baroque and Renaissance music because that was my special interest. He was dedicated to Puerto Rico and its arts, and was commissioned a few times by the Orquesta Sinfónica. He was one of the few people from the US to truly be accepted by almost everyone as belonging to the island. He was ethnically Ukrainian, his last name was Ovcharov. His brother also lived in Puerto Rico and played with the Sinónica for many years. I don’t know the story of his changing his name to Delano. His brother (Saul) remained Ovcharov. Besides his works for orchestra, I have performed his 1984 string quartet.

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