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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NAVY NEEDS YOU IN THE WAVES

Liberty Street: 1937

Liberty Street: 1937

New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1937. "Liberty Street cottages." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Treme Street

This was on North Liberty, which was renamed Treme Street. This corner is now vacant, and I think this Creole cottage is gone too. The building with the dormer was a church, now in horrible condition. I think it is due for renovation though. The house right next to it is very nice, and there are many great buildings nearby. Too many blighted ones too.

He is only 73 years old

This lonely little fellow could very well still be among us and wouldn't it be amazing if he could reveal himself? After the detective work done by all the viewers of tterrace's advertising photo (which ended up solving ALL the mysteries therein), I'm convinced that the intelligentsia of Shorpy fans can research and find out anything they put their minds to. This is a great photo, very inspirational potential for writing a little story. Thank you Shorpy for giving me a hobby.

[Math check: More like 75. - Dave]

Empty Shoes #5

This may be really silly but I have been keeping track of the Johnston photos with orphan shoes. So far:

1. http://www.shorpy.com/node/8628?size=_original
2. http://www.shorpy.com/node/8615?size=_original
3. http://www.shorpy.com/node/8586?size=_original
4. http://www.shorpy.com/node/8559?size=_original (?)
5. http://www.shorpy.com/node/8783?size=_original

Aye, 'tis a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

Ad nauseam: 666

All you'd ever want to know about the 666 brand, here, here, here and here. (Scroll down to the comments.)

That's a healthy home!

Having plenty of "Three Sixes," they never had to worry about colds or malaria.

What's in a name?

When I close my eyes and envision a "cottage", this ain't it. I do like the wrought iron fence detail to the left, though.

Step to Rocking Chair

Every time I see small children in these photographs, it make me wish I could have had a nice long talk with the elderly person that child turned out to be. My grandfather died 27 years ago and was born about the time this kid was.

Shoe renewal

Newly white, drying in the sun.

Under the bridge

If 1010 Liberty still exists, it would just about be under the Pontchartrain Expressway.

 
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