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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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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.


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.


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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