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Bourbon Boys: 1925

Bourbon Boys: 1925

Bourbon Street and Ursulines Avenue circa 1925. "New Orleans organ grinder." Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

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Last Relic of Minstrelsy

The Picayune's Guide to New Orleans,
Sixth Edition, 1904.

Of an evening, especially in summer, the organ-grinder goes his rounds. The organ-grinder is generally an Italian or negro. He is the last relic of minstrelsy, and the old “Carré” has a tender place in its heart for him. He stops at every corner and plays a tune or two, while the children gaily dance on the sidewalks. He makes many a nickel as he continues his rounds till far in to the evening.

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