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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Old New Orleans: 1910

Old New Orleans: 1910

Circa 1910. "New Orleans and the Mississippi River from Grunewald." A bird's eye view of Canal Street from the Grunewald Hotel. Merchants here include Godchaux's music store as well as the big Godchaux's department store farther down the street, D.H. Holmes Co., B. Cohn Dry Goods, Marks Isaacs Co. and a One-Cent Vaudeville theater. And if all this shopping has made you thirsty: Drink Chattanooga Beer. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Luzianne Coffee with chicory

Family owned and operated since 1902. That makes that company just six years old at the time of this wonderful glimpse of the past. I lived near Shreveport Louisiana, for a time, and the Chicory coffee from this company was a staple of many people I knew. I never developed a taste for it myself though. Classic and great signage though for that fledgling company of 1910, though for sure. One of many wonderful time traveling moments for me today.

Chimneys

I love those old brick factory chimneys. Even something as industrial and rudimentary had some style.

Transform > Skew

No need to add the Shorpy watermark to this photo, it was already on the building!

The crown

The building all decked out in lights with the crown in place.

What is it?

On the roof peak of the D.H. Holmes building on the left, there is a very unusual item - it appears to be half hoops of wood likely with lightbulbs on them - and some extra related material. One would guess that it is an attention getting device but not really advertising anything in particular and I cant imagine what item it might represent.

[It's a crown. - Dave]

Bleachers

I've seen another photo here some time ago that I think was taken in front of those bleachers. I believe they are exactly for watching Mardi Gras parades.

Also, is St. Louis cathedral behind the Hotel Monteleone? I see Jax Brewery (if that's what is was at the time of this photo) and the market, so it seems the cathedral should be right behind that hotel.

Looks like bleachers

On the colonnade in front of Hart Pianos and the business next door. That would be a great spot for watching Mardi Gras parades.

 
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