It's 1937 and life goes on in the besieged city of Madrid. The empty baskets would indicate that these passengers are on their way to look for supplies. At this time, before getting her job delivering rations, Maria would have made similar journeys.
The famous Alcazar in Toledo, where the Nationalists held out for days against Stalin´s Republicanists, was razed to the ground - August Photo shows Republican militia closing in on Nationalists barricaded in the ruins of the Alcazar in Toledo.
GUERRA CIVIL ESPAÑOLA: ZONA REPUBLICANA.- MADRID, MARZO DE 1937.- Tropas de la 21ª Brigada Mixta, al mando del comandante Gómez Palacios, forman en una plaza del barrio de Usera en el curso de unos ejercicios de instrucción militar. EFE/Juan Guzmán