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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

The Milkmobile: 1903

The Milkmobile: 1903

Circa 1903. "A New Orleans milk cart." With a one-horsepower motor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

I cannot fathom

taking a drink of milk off that hot, filthy, feces-encrusted infernal conveyance.

I have, however, given in to the attraction of a brew in establishments that were on par with those environs.

Double Ghost

Seeing faded signs on old buildings always makes me think "Wow, that's an old building." Seeing a faded sign on a building in a photo taken in 1903 is a double wow. Great pic.

Great Photograph

I have been wondering if a photographer of this time, even with a huge
8x10 view camera, could "catch a moment" without a time consuming
tripod set-up?

Then & Now

Thank you Helen for posting that new photo. I love these then and now scenes. My parents took their honeymoon in New Orleans back in 1947 and had a dinner at Pat O'Briens Bar.

Milk Delivery

How did they deliver the milk in those giant canisters -- would they portion it out right there?

Street conditions

haven't changed a lot in 107 years; this looks like any Tuesday morning in the Quarter.

Carbon delivery

Someone needs to scoop up their coal order from the curb.

Restaurant de la Louisiane

 
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