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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Old New Orleans: 1906

Old New Orleans: 1906

New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1906. "Old French courtyard on Royal Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Stella!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Creole Townhouse

The planking on the facade is a late extension. Are those stables on the right?

It's still there.

Courtesy of Bing's Bird's Eye View and Google Streetview: this is 729, 731 and 733 Royal Street, New Orleans.

The cistern is gone, the awful enclosed porch over the tunnel has been removed and the neighborhood seems to have gone more upscale since 1906 but the building survives in fine shape.

Potato patio

Too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash?

Porch railing

On the upper left. It took me a long time in looking at it to realize why it looked like it was leaning outwards instead of straight up and down. It's the stays, not sure if that's what they're called, that are placed at an angle instead of up and down.

You can tell it's French

by the plumbing.

Sisters a-courting

There's a popular restaurant in New Orleans by the name of the Court of Two Sisters. This isn't it.

Thinking of that name compels me to name this photo the Court of Five Sisters. There's four women to be seen and that water tank is a ... cistern.

Accretion

Reminds me a little of how corals build a reef.

 
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