José Guadalupe Posada Print Collection ➔ Las Garbanceras Lujosas Usan Castas Piojosas (Lavishly Dressed Servant Girls Wear Flea-bitten Hairpieces)
Height: 7.312 in
Width: 11.062 in
The title, "Las Garbanceras Lujosas Usan Castas Piojosas" means "Lavishly Dressed Servant Girls Wear Flea-bitten Hairpieces". The images are in black and white with borders and there is an image of either side of the page.
Front: At the top there is a woman in a dress carrying a basket, she is outside. Below her is the title, and then it breaks into two columns of text.
Back: Broken into two parts, The top part shows an image of people dancing together in a crowd of other dancers. Below them is the title "¡Asi se Baila en Cuba!" which means "Here is how they Dance in Cuba!", and three columns of text. Below the horizontal line is another title, "El Cascabel" which means "The Bell" and there are three columns of text.
José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican engraver and lithographer best known for his "calaveras" ("skeletons"), which often assume various costumes, such as the "Calavera de la Catrina" ("Skeleton of the Female Dandy"), which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz. Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death however, his images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"). He started out making comics for a local Mexican newspaper of Aguascalientes called "El Jicote" ("The Bumblebee"), which was discontinued after one of his comics severely offended a powerful politician. (Jesus Gomez Portugal).