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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Emporium of Transport: 1910

Emporium of Transport: 1910

Circa 1910, continuing our sojourn in the Crescent City. "Masonic Temple, New Orleans." Home to H.A. Testard's store ("Bicycles, Automobiles"). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wisdom of Solomon

One of the characters atop the Masonic Temple (formerly the site of the Commercial Exchange) was Solomon. Solomon is the highest figure which looks like a pope. The one on the corner is Jacques DeMolay, the twenty-third and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar.

1891 - 1926

Designed by architect James Freret, this temple was replaced in 1926 with the present building designed by Sam Stone, now the third Masonic Temple on the site.

Vrooom

Would have to get my hands on that motorcycle in the window.

Perdido and St. Charles

Kracke & Flanders was at 715-717 Perdido Street and the 1908 Motor Cyclopaidia shows that H.A. Testard's was on the corner of Perdido and St. Charles.

Pointed Objects

I couldn't help but wonder who the two slightly out of focus fellows
are perched upon the pinnacles. Given the order of things I'd guess
a Knights Templar and Saint John of Jerusalem. I'm sure someone knows
for sure.

Big Windows, but No Light

I'm a Mason. I owned an old Temple in Mississippi once. The fraternity draws a great deal of symbolism from architecture. Old Temples look fabulous with their large windows, but I always love that the windows are "blacked-out" on the rooms were our rituals are performed. You can see several here on this lodge. Look at floor four and five.

Mark Gooch
photographer in Birmingham, AL

Hardware Blog

Well, I guess they could mean "bldg" but I'm sure I'm right.

 
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