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Tannery Row: 1903

Tannery Row: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Steamer loading hides." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.



A couple of the guys in the foreground have epic mustaches, very fitting for "Movember"!


Machine age=a great many belt driven machines. And those machine belts were made of leather.

Can someone explain

what type of hides these are? I thought cow hides weren't that uniformly square. What would have been produced in the Big Easy to be shipped elsewhere back then? Plus, I wonder where they're going?

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