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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Lugger Landing: 1906

Lugger Landing: 1906

Along the Mississippi circa 1906. "Oyster luggers at New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Church spire

What is the church spire in the distance?

French Market

I thought surely the French Market existed by 1906, and a quick search of Shorpy confirmed it.

The Cafe du Monde website says "The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market." The building it's in dates from 1813. And you can go there and still have a taste of what things were like 150 years ago.

Picayune Tier

Standard history of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1900.

Sight-Seeing.

A stranger should not omit a visit to the chapel of St. Roch, which is an absolutely mediaeval institution, and to the Lugger Landing at the Picayune Tier at the head of Hospital street, with the Luggers with their red lanteen sails, rocking at the moorings, and the lugger men squatting on the decks, a scene that the artists love to paint. The luggers come from the oyster beds of the South, and are laden with oysters. They have all sorts of queer names, too — San Remo, Three Brothers, The Admiral Techetof, The Josephine. It is one of the most picturesque sights in the city.

The French Market

Lugger Landing was between St. Phillip and Hospital (now Governor Nicholls) streets. Today this is the home of Cafe Du Monde and the French Market.

 
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