In 1932 Branson and Elsie Decou visited Cuba. It was a turbulent time: the dictator Gerardo Machado was struggling to maintain power in the midst of an economic downturn. (He would be ousted in a US-supported coup the following year.) The DeCous photographed historic sites in Cuba, such as the 16th-century Morro Castle, and also newer sites, such as the new national highway and the Hershey Company sugar refinery.
Branson DeCou images of Cuba, 1932.
Havana street scene, with "Café La Puertorriquena", other cafés and shops
University of California, Santa Cruz. McHenry Library, Special Collections, DC1.815.0038L