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. His tropical service helmet appears to be of French
manufacture. 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. One additional mention of Alvarez has been found in the 28 June 1933 issue of
Republica del
Ecuador Resitro Oficial
which shows him still stationed at Portoviejo but having been promoted capitan (captain) by that date.

Cabinet Photograph
Unknown - Photographer
Portoviejo, Ecuador
4 December, 1916