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My guess: a Panama City street scene, probably not far from Fourth of July Avenue; Ancon Hill in center of photo; signs on buildings legible and auto traffic appears left-hand. CZ Brats tells us that Panama changed to right-hand traffic on April 15, 1943; autos appear to be pre-1940 vintage.
MOTTAS was a store in Panama City and chivas indicate street also in the City.
Looks like Calle I seen from Avenida Central to the intersection with Ave. Ancon. Note Cerro Ancon.
photographer was pretty much standing on Avenida Central In Panama City mid to late 1930s probably – looking towards the Motta Bldg…. a few few blocks further straight ahead one would reach the Zona de Canal and 4th of July Avenue. The edge of Ancon Hill is visible in the background. BK _____
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I agree with the location and time period, mid to late 30s.
The photographer was standing in the middle of Avenida Central, the street is in the center of the picture is Calle 17 Oeste (West 17th St.) The wooden building to the right was demolished around 1949, today a Caja de Ahorros Bank stands in that place. The street to the left is Calle 16 Oeste (W. 16th St.) on that corner there’s a Banco Nacional. The cars are still driving on the left side of the street so the photo was taken before April 15 1943, the 30’s I would say.
Motta is still a very important business today: http://www.motta-int.com/es/index.html
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