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Mal Temps: 1920

Mal Temps: 1920

Circa 1920. "Two-story houses, New Orleans." One of the Crescent City's grittier, grainier corners. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

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Video Tour Of The Lafcadio Hearn House

Lafcadio Hearn’s great-grandson Bon Koizumi said that he was “moved” by his visit to the Cleveland Avenue apartment his ancestor called home from 1882 to 1887. Hearn was the 19th-century crime journalist turned tongue-in-cheek cultural observer who will remain forever beloved to Crescent City-ites (though perhaps not so revered by residents of his former hometown of Cincinnati) for the evergreen quote:

“Times are not good here (in New Orleans). The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth. But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.”

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Lafcadio Hearn House

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Hearn House

This looks like the Lafcadio Hearn House on Cleveland Street.

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