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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Smart Clothes: 1910

Smart Clothes: 1910

Canal Street in New Orleans circa 1910. Large building is the Maison Blanche department store. 8x10 inch glass negative, exposed about six minutes before this image, posted here three years ago. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Adler's Jewelers

Appears to be in the same place. However, the clock in front of the store is no longer on a post. There's also a Mercedes where the horse and buggy were once parked:


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Adler's still there

Adler's jewelry store is still open at this location, although they have expanded into the building lakeward.

Adler's was founded in 1898, located at Royal and Iberville in the French Quarter. They moved to 1810 Canal street and to the present location in 1909 (putting a maximum age on the photo). The clock is a local landmark and still present, but without the pedestal - it's now supported by some steel beams from the overhang. Coleman E. Adler III currently runs the business started by his great grandfather.

Most of the other buildings in the photo also remain.

Are these women doing anything?

Are these women handing leaflets out? The two women standing back to back look like they are wearing sashes and they all look like they are holding papers. What do you think??

WOW

Lots of incredibly detailed photos here on Shorpy, but this has to be one of the best. I especially like the Luzianne Coffee sign on top of Williams' Pharmacy and the New Orleans Railway and Light Company station at right center. Once again, I can almost hear some nascent jazz somewhere down the street.

Glad=U=Kum

I count a total of 10 streetcars in less than two blocks. However, I wondered what the Glad=U=Kum sign was supposed to signify. So I did a Google search and once again, Shorpy comes up with the answer.

I had to do it

Leapin' Lazard's, sorry.

Subtle differences

It looks like this photo was taken the day after the first photo. Probably because the first photo was out of focus. Notice the awnings on the building in front of the department store are different, puddles have evaporated and the traffic officer is suddenly missing.

[The other photo is not out of focus, the puddles are the same in each picture, and the same horse is at the curb in both photos. - Dave]

 
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