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Hung Out to Dry: 1937

Hung Out to Dry: 1937

New Orleans circa 1937. "Courtyard, 620-621 Gov. Nicholls Street." Potted plants and underpants. 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

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Overture

It's the wrong state, but the overture would surely be Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." The courtyard immediately reminded me of the set of the New York City Opera's production that I saw about 35 years ago.

I hear the overture

But I don't recognize it. Surely, an opera is about to break out.

In the days before building codes

a lucky horseshoe would get you by.

Blown out

The holes in those undershorts attest to the absolute power of New Orleans cuisine.

An interesting abode

but I don't think I'd want to live there, especially with the bad luck horseshoe.

Breezy

Those undergarments seem to be quite well ventilated.

Holy, holy, holy

The underwear, I mean.

Vesuvius Street

Slightly reminiscent of Pompeii, except parts of Pompeii are better preserved.

Threadbare

The term 'threadbare' is often used in literature. Now I have a stark visual display.

No more clotheslines

This appears to be the building in question - evidently the neighbourhood has gone upscale.

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