ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Uniformes Del Ejército Mexicano
PRONUNCIATION: Uniformes Del Ejército Mexicano
TYPE: Portfolio
DIMENSIONS: 13 x 20 cm
COMPONENTS: Portfolio of in blue cloth, with title and eagle in gold on the front cover. It contains 84 colored sheets in carton that show the uniforms of the Mexican army, decorations, emblems, helmets, military grades, etc.
CONDITION: In very good condition.
ITEM ID: 4552

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Military Uniforms and Medals of the Porfirian Army

Year: 1905
Decade: 1900s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

The portfolio shows the new uniforms for the Mexican army that would take effect around 1905, and that would be used until the Mexican Revolution. They reflect the deep influence that Germany was having in Mexico at that time, since the uniforms illustrate the change from French to German design, as was the adoption of the characteristic design of the Pickelhaube helmet. The numerous illustrations, in full color, cover all the military classes, from uniforms of the army, the cavalry, the infantry and the personal guard of the president Porfirio Díaz.

The Mexican pickelhauben had a very brief existence. It was born under the Porfirio Diaz Presidency, and the Uniform Regulation of 1905. It was a curious mixture of German, French and British military fashion, and was made obsolete by the Mexican Revolution in 1910.

Name: Pablo Viau
Type: Author
Artist Information: Pablo Viau, is an enigmatic character who was dedicated to the antiques trade in Mexico City at the beginning of the 20th Century; He was also editor of different printed materials, and publicist. Of his printed work, there is only record of two productions: the present album of Uniforms of the Mexican Army, and a Catalog of animal sculptures. The historian Carlos Cordova recounts that Pablo Viau managed to capture the attention of President Porfirio Díaz with his album of Mexican Army Uniforms in such a way that he commissioned him to take the official photographic portrait that would be used for the Centennial celebrations. The iconic image of Viau, shows Diaz solemn, with his right fist closed and his chest full of medals. The portrait of Viau, who is unknown if he worked as a photographer, was printed five feet high and was shown at the Centennial celebrations in 1910.