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French Market: 1906

French Market: 1906

The Crescent City circa 1906. "The French Market, New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


The cart horses

It seems a majority of the time we get horses in photos like this, the poor old beasts are rail-thin and beaten down. I always think of the children's story Black Beauty, and the terrible suffering he endured at the hands of men. BB got a happy ending, not so for these poor horses and mules.

The entire street

is covered with poo. Exhaust fumes have always been with us.


At first, I was surprised to discover that today's practice of naming an establishment after the possessive form of a key ingredient apparently dates back a century. Then I realized it's Garic's, not Garlic's.

Still there, 105 years later

Garic's is now a set of tourist shops, but dat buildin' still dere, dawlin'.

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On his last legs

I wish I could step into this photo and buy some apples for the starving horse. Poor thing, he needs some TLC.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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