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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Royal Street: 1906

Royal Street: 1906

New Orleans circa 1906. "Royal Street from Canal Street." Where the ice man goeth. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Glue chipped and beveled

Pictured here is a R&E glass advertising sign just above the boy's ICE wagon.

These were the very ornate sign of a well to do business! These were not cheap, being composed of a border of chipped and mirrored bevels. The major background as well, with the letters being 24K gold leafed and having faceted glass jewels that would glow after dusk with the help of electric or gas lamps inside the sign. The chipped glass effect was accomplished by applying hot animal hide glue to the glass which then dried and would chip off taking bits of the glass with it. These are very collectible today.
Great to see one in its original location.

Lawrence Fabacher

Lawrence Fabacher was my great grandfather and sold the restaurant to his brother Peter after he went into the brewing business. I have one of the original beer mugs from the restaurant which I treasure along with some Jax memorabilia. Nice to see the photo as I never was sure where the restaurant was on Royal.

Monteleone and Fabacher

I immediately recognized the Commercial Hotel as the Monteleone simply by its architecture. What a great place! I've been there for a couple of conventions and can't wait to go again.

jnc, thanks for the post regarding Lawrence Fabacher; that clears up something that confused me as a kid. We had Jax beer commercials in Houston, and their spokesman was a faux Andrew Jackson who, on occasion, tried to change his name to Andrew Fabacher in honor of a spinoff brand they called Fabacher Brau. I had no idea until now that the name was a nod to their founder.

Delightful!

How tedious would the job be for the man who replaced the light bulbs that illuminated the street at night? They look like they are placed every foot or so. What a temptation for a lad with a slingshot!

The Monteleone!

I'll be there in late July.

The inevitable present -day view

Gone

Everything within view on the right-hand side, in the first block, is no longer standing. The newer buildings that are there now don't even compare. The Hotel Monteleone, directly under the flag in the 200 block, is still going strong.

Fabacher’s

Fabacher's Restaurant, Oyster House and Hotel -- 137 Royal Street, of noted restaurateur Lawrence Fabacher. His obituary read that his restaurant "meant New Orleans wherever gourmets and epicures gathered." He also founded Jackson (Jax) Brewery. Jax beer was, for us college students, easily affordable, and the inside of the bottle cap featured a rebus.

Piece of Cake

Ah, I spot another lady wearing a cake on her head! I had been previously intrigued by what appeared to be a very fancy cake on top of a lady in this class photo of 1910: http://www.shorpy.com/node/6314.

It looks like the woman in this photo is wearing a basic chocolate cake.

Commercial Hotel

It became the Hotel Monteleone in 1908 after being bought by Antonio Monteleone, an Italian shoemaker who came to America to make his fortune. The hotel has been patronized by a who's who of Southern writers, and is haunted by the ghost of a three-year-old boy.

45 star flag!

In 1906, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii weren't states yet.

 
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