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French Opera House: 1900

French Opera House: 1900

Circa February 1900. "French Opera House, New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I think the simplest thing

would be to ignore the Like button if it bothers you. It's there so people can show appreciation but not have to make a comment. It a very small thing. Chill. Enjoy Shorpy as always.

Haunted by the Witch of the French Opera

The Witch of the French Opera lived in a house at Bourbon and Toulouse where the opera house once stood. Spurned by her young lover, the old Madam committed suicide, threatening in a final note: "I will Come back from the dead I will return, And kill those that have hurt me!" An many say return she did, to kill the man and his new love and to haunt tourists and locals for many decades to come.


There's not too many higher quality pictures of the Old Opera House. Many thanks for sharing!!


The opera advertised, not the one of the same name in Citizen Kane, had its American premiere in this house in 1900.

Re: Social Networking

Facebook? Back in the 'old days' Shorpy was a hard-edged realist who didn't believe in Social Networking. As a non-facebooker, it's weird that one the first things on the Facebook page is the question, "Wrong Shorpy Higgenbotham? Search for others:" As if there were others.

[Ahem. "Higginbotham." - Dave]

Do Like

Facebook is how I found this fabulous website, and now I visit and enjoy daily. :) Shorpy is an amazing resource and an invaluable window into the past. I'm so glad I did find a way here. I'm constantly amazed with the luminosity of the images and the stories behind them.

And yes, I Facebook daily, too. Social media has its place, and if it helps to share history and spark an interest in and appreciation for what has gone before, then it at least serves another good purpose aside from remaining in contact with people easily. Having that button saved me time to cut and paste the link today - and I was glad to be able to share it easily!

I bet the smell was ripe!

With animals and open street drains. It must have been pretty bad, I understand how they couldn't dig underground sewers due to the high water table!


If I were into editing pictures I think I'd have to put sparks where it gives the illusion that the "This way to Levy's" finger touches the wire.

Do NOT Like


The "Like" icon seems to have shown up most recently, possibly yesterday. I, for one, Do NOT Like the "Like" icon. This ain't Facebook, or Digg, or guess would be that people who appreciate and frequent this site couldn't care less about the mutual masturbations of the social media phenomenon.

[Your eloquent critique notwithstanding, Shorpy has 2,655 friends on Facebook (link below). Through their friends and friends of friends, thousands more people have been introduced to this site! - Dave]

Not long for this world

Sadly, the French Opera House would stand for only another nineteen years. Built at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse Streets in 1859, it was destroyed by fire on the night of December 4, 1919.

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