Saturday, December 09, 2017

Never Before Seen Photos of Fidel Castro & Che Guevara

...Rolex Revolutionaries...

Never Before Seen Photos of

Fidel Castro &  Che Guevara

One of my favorite things is when a reader sends in cool historical Rolex photos. In this case, Erik sent in the images below with this nice email message: 

Dear Jake

My name is Erik Twiest, and I am a longtime collector of original photos/documents of the Cuban revolution, in particular, Fidel and Che. I' am not a Rolex collector, but your story in the online magazine was very interesting. 

I went through my collection to see if I could find a Rolex in the photos and I found 2 interesting early photos which as far as I know are never published. 

Please see attachments; 

1) Fidel in 1959 with 2 Rolex watches in Cuba, photo was taken by Korda (famous for the Che Guevara portrait). The photo is original and never published, and "forbidden" in Cuba over the years, I didn't see any similar example from Korda in books.

2) Che playing chess, probably at one of the first Capablanca Tournaments in Havana 1961/63, which he organized after the revolution. 

Regards Erik.