|Mariana G. Martínez Rodríguez|
Marianopolis College School Picture
Hand-colorized photograph, 1946
|Elia Maria Martínez|
Mariana’s sister and
classmate at The Pines
in Chatham, Ontario.
|Elia Maria and her sister Ofelia|
After Mariana graduated, Ofelia
took her place at The Pines for
her first year and Elia Maria's
second year there.
Note on back: “Elia Maria and I
on one of the sides of the school.
Chatham, Nov. 9-47.”
Then it was off to college and Mariana, being the eldest, would lead the way. The girls would not get the more thorough education that was planned for her brothers, but it was to be more than just Finishing School. It was the twentieth century, after all, and Mariana’s parents were progressive in their views, especially regarding the participation of women in what was still considered by many in the 1940s as men’s work.
|This building housed Marianopolis College when|
Mariana attended. Today it is the J.K.L. Ross Mansion
on the McGill University campus in Montreal.
|Mother House for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Montreal|
Today it houses Dawson College.
Marianopolis College foreign students boarded there.
|Who's on the $5000 bill?|
Click on image to enlarge
|1946 Ford Deluxe Sedan|
|Montreal’s Mont Royal|
Their neighborhood was at the base of the mountain.
It is mostly undeveloped forest criscrossed with walks and
drives with overlooks, and the occasional grand building.
This is the old Royal Victoria Hospital building.
|Classmate and friend Lourdes Sustaeta, Teresa |
and Mariana on Mount Royal
Note on back: “Lourdes, Teresita and I at Mount Royal,
taken by a young man passing by. I am smiling because
he asked me to tell him my telephone number.
|A Montreal Tramways (streetcar)|
Dressed in World War II colors
|First Snow in Montreal|
Note on back: “Teresa Pozuelo and I, Peggy Cohen,
seated: Lourdes Sustaeta, Elsy Constance, Laura,
and Hilarie Fenton. Nov 20 / 35”
|“The Pines” Ursuline College, Chatham, Ontario|
|1946 Pan Am Travel Poster|
|A streetcar on the streets of Chatham|
|Detroit Department Stores|
J.L. Hudson, Kern’s and Crowley Milner’s
|Snow in Chatham|
Note on back: “The tree was beautiful with red leaves
covered with snow. The one next to Fina is Lolita
Canto from Santiago de Cuba. The other two are
from Havana. Also Alicia. 1 Oct. 1946.”
|Royal Bank of Canada, Camaguey|
As she walked home from work she invariably would be seen eating an apple, her sister Natalia reports. Probably a habit she picked up in Canada. Surprising, since apples, imported from the U.S., were not easy to find in Camaguey. Mariana was an apple-a-day person all her life. Lunch for her and Benito in retirement at Mayfair Manor was an apple — always a large red delicious, which she would peel at the table — and a cup of yogurt.
|Mariana on the grounds of The Pines|
Fast-forward to Maryland around 1969 and you could find Mariana using her Pittman shorthand in her husband’s medical practice in their Bethesda home to take notes and then type up clinical records; and using her excellent command of the English language when checking with Medicare on a patient’s claim. But her excellent and well-pronounced English was accented, and when she got annoyed you could hear her from the next room: “The doctor’s name is Prats, P-R-A-T-S.” She would clearly spit out the “P,” but telephone calls back then were not as clear as they are today. “No, not ‘B’, ‘P’! . . . No, ‘P’!, ‘P’ as in Philadelphia”!
|The clique outside a greenhouse in Montreal, 1945|
|Mariana, right, with Teresita de Varona in Montreal|
|On the Balcony at|
Only girl named
is Elsy Constance
|“Tere drinking maple sap one day we went out bicycling”|