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Royal Castle: 1937

Royal Castle: 1937

New Orleans circa 1937. "1300 Royal Street." Longtime residence of A. Fern. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


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Perfect location

Three blocks to the Old Mint, four blocks to Frenchmen Street and the best traditional New Orleans Jazz. At the edge of the Marigny, headed down river toward the Bywater. The quiet end of the Quarter.

Not quite Desire

But I swear I can see Blanche DuBois gazing out from yonder windows.

The New Orleans Fern Family

Likely relatives of the famous Boston branch of this fine old family, whose offspring are seen everywhere.

No thanks

All the years I've been coming to Shorpy every day and I've really never felt this before -- what a dump!

Lese majeste

Despite its shabbiness, the place has a sort of grandeur, a touch of mystery of the type that could kindle literary inspiration. The current image looks like a comfortable, refurbished building. Yet, if we compare the angle at which the old photo was taken and the street view, the latter is - at least in my opinion - definitely inferior.

What is it?

What's the contraption on the upper porch? Something to rock a baby?

Royal and Barracks

The 1300 over the door at left is on Royal and 641 is on Barracks Street. This house looks much better now.

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