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John Roderigo dos Passos (b. Chicago, 14/01/1896; d. Baltimore, 28/09/1970), American modernist writer of Portuguese descent. He graduated in Harvard and was one of the most acclaimed American authors of the so-called “Lost generation”, which included big names like Ernest Hemingway (his personal friend, whom he met during World War I, when they drove Red Cross ambulances as volunteers), F. Scott Fitzgerald and TS Eliot.

John dos Passos, who was the grandson of Madeirans from Ponta do Sol, was in Madeira between 17 and 23 July 1960, along with his second wife, Elizabeth Hamlyn Holdridge and their daughter, Lucy Hamlin Dos Passos. On that occasion, the Ponta do Sol City Council paid homage to him on the 20th of that month and year. Currently, there is a Cultural Center named after him in Ponta do Sol, whose main objective is to study his work and promote cultural activities.

Credits: Museu de Fotografia da Madeira - Atelier Vicente's

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PERESTRELLOS PHOTOGRAPHOS
Homenagem a John dos Passos, pela Câmara Municipal da Ponta do Sol. O então Presidente da edilidade, Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita oferece uma lembrança ao escritor | 20-07-1960
6X6 cm | Negativo simples, película | Gelatina sal de prata
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11935
Em depósito no ABM
 
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PERESTRELLOS PHOTOGRAPHOS
Homage to John dos Passos, by Ponta do Sol City Council. The then President of the municipality, Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita offers a souvenir to the writer | 20-07-1960
6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11935
On deposit at ABM

 
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John dos Passos speaks at the Ponta do Sol City Hall. At the table, on the left, is the Mayor, Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita, on the right, Dr. João Vieira da Luz and the priest Isaías de Freitas, curate of the Ponta do Sol parish. Alberto Borges, councilors José Ferreira and Francisco Cabral de Noronha, Dr. João Sebastião Ferreira (John dos Passos cousin and writer, representing his family) and Dr. José Henriques Ferreira Vidigal (Judge of the District) | 20-07-1960
6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11938
On deposit at ABM

 
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John dos Passos leaving Ponta do Sol City Council, in the mayor's company, Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita and other people | 20-07-1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11939
On deposit at ABM 

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John dos Passos socializing at “Club Recreio Pontassolense”, in his wife company, Elizabeth Hamlyn Holdridge and his daughter Lucy Hamlin Dos Passos, the Mayor of Ponta do Sol, Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita and his wife, Maria Luísa Cabrita, among other people | 20-07-1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11944
On deposit at ABM

 
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Reception to John dos Passos, on his arrival in Ponta do Sol | july 1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11953
On deposit at ABM

 
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John dos Passos on a walk with the Mayor of Ponta do Sol, Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita and Dr. João Sebastião Ferreira | 20-07-1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11949
On deposit at ABM

 
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John dos Passos receives a copy of Jornal da Madeira, by the hand of the then journalist, João Carlos Abreu, politician, writer, poet and former Secretary of Tourism and Culture | july 1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11950
On deposit at ABM

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John dos Passos, with his family during a lunch at the house of his ancestors | july 1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11933
On deposit at ABM

 
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John dos Passos at Ponta do Sol City Hall, greeting a city employee in front of Dr. Joaquim Sequeira Cabrita | 20-07-1960

6x6 cm | Simple negative, film | silver salt gelatin
MFM-AV, Inv. PER/11945
On deposit at ABM