Archival footage was shot by an amateur filmmaker while visiting Ecuador, probably in 1970.
It contains stock footage of an outdoor market on a Sunday in the old Plaza America in Salcedo, Cotopaxi province: people selling vegetables, fruit, meat, and spices; a man using a sewing machine at his workbench; passengers getting into the bus; a woman cooking meat; street vendors selling clothes, and more.
In the place where the market was held, a modern market called Mercado America was built later. Some of the buildings visible in the footage are still there.
Thanks to a few comments on the previously published video in an older version, we know the names of a couple of people at the market: Don Emiliano Villalva is the person selling groceries, while “Tarquino” is the tailor of the fair. The corner house in front of the old Banco la Previsora belongs to the Clavijo-Falconí couple. In the background of the market, there’s the San Francisco de Asis College and its chapel. Also visible are the houses of the Moya, Jarrín, and Códova families. The Atahualpa Bus Cooperativa Ambateña slides down Ana Paredes street and takes Sucre street. There, Mr. Racines’ shop, the Main Liquor Deposit, is located, along with the house of the Troya Family and the patios of the Mechanics of the Balarezo Brothers (Gonzalo, Eloy, and Sergio).
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