|Subteniente (2nd Lieutenant) Ernesto Alvarez of the Ecuadorian army posed for his portrait at the Pacific port city of
Portoviejo, Ecuador in December, 1916. He wears a tropical service uniform in what appears to be either white or very light
khaki cotton. Although he carries a saber and wears spurred riding boots these may have been emblems of his officers rank
not necessarily marks of him being attached to a cavalry unit. He is additionally armed with a small frame semi-automatic
pistol and carries a fabric covered water bottle. Since Ecuador was at peace with its neighbors in 1916 he was in all likelihood
a member of the Portoviejo garrison, perhaps performing police duties.
Unknown - Photographer
4 December, 1916