José Guadalupe Posada Print Collection ➔ La Miseria Reinante y Casa de Enganches (The Reigning Misery and House of Hooks)
Height: 11 in
Width: 8.5 in
The title "La Miseria Reinante y Casa de Enganches" means "The Reigning Misery and House of Hooks". There are two images, both in black and white without borders. The top is an image of a man at the left, facing a woman and three young children in a home. One of the children is unclothed and there is no food at the table. The bottom image is a scene in a city, where the streets are crowded, a woman and two men are being restrained and presumably arrested outside of a prostitution house. The primary figures of the scene are the two men in the center with hats restraining a man who is facing the "House of Hooks". Someone outside the building is sitting at a table with money.
"For most of the regime of Porfirio Diaz, the farmers, in complicity with the police authorities and sometimes with that of the army, organized real hunts of men and women, who were enlisted with supposed names, to make them work in the haciendas. From all over the country, the unlucky were taken to places that became famous for their inhumane work conditions of exploitation such as the National Valley"