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Who Are These Young Men in this 1956 Photograph?

Terry Kelley en San Miguel con amigos

By Michael Olwyler

The well-dressed young men in this photograph are sharing a beautiful fiesta day, relaxing in the Jardin with the Hotel San Francisco in the background. But who are they?

Terry Earl Kelley (third from left) was sent from Berkeley, California to study art here at the Instituto Allende when he was around 17 years old. He recalled that there were not many foreigners in San Miguel de Allende when he first arrived. He had many Mexican friends from that era, as well as some who were expatriates. One of his good friends was Norman Beckman, brother of jeweler Carmen Beckman.

But who are the other young men captured in this image with Terry? One is Raul Sautto. Can you identify him? If you know any of these young men and their history, please send us what you know at

After studying at the Instituto Allende, Terry Earl returned to the US, but in the 1960s, he returned to San Miguel. In the ’80s, he moved here with his family. In the mid-1980s, Earl ran the American Legion restaurant and bar for a few years. His wife Rosa, from Mexico, had a small cafe for a brief time at the Instituto Allende in the late 80s. His children Nefertiti, Dorothy, Terry, and Condor grew up on calle Hidalgo in the Historic Center back then before moving to Berkeley in their teenage years in the early 1990s. Condor still lives in San Miguel.

Know the people, know the places: history brings it all alive today!


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