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Retail White House: 1910

Retail White House: 1910

New Orleans circa 1910. "Maison Blanche, Canal Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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This is the 2nd Home of Maison Blanche

This is the second building that housed Maison Blanche. On the same corner, housed the Mercier Building, that wasn't considered big enough by the Maison Blanche owners. They went on a building project, from 1906 to 1909, thus, this picture was taken not long after completion. Photo and article here.

Remember MB well

Back when Canal Street was still a major shopping area, I often found better deals on what I was looking for elsewhere, but always enjoyed the beautiful interior of Maison Blanch. The upper floors were offices, including dentists. They had some of the last direct-current run elevators with elevator operators in the city, into the early 1990s. -- Infrogmation of New Orleans

New Orleans - Signs of Light?

Just wondering: what is that grid above the Ferd. Kaufman building? Is it a lighted sign? I love photos like this from the first few years of the last century, that show horse power and automobile power overlapping. Shorpy has really "illuminated" that era for me.


Why "Circa 1910"? The sign says "Wednesday, March 16" and March 16 was a Wednesday in 1910. So it's definitely 1910.

Department Store Turned Hotel

The ritzy anchor store of the Maison Blanche chain is now the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Sweet tooth, dentist

No accident to have a dentist upstairs from the confectioner's! Lovely shot of Southern City Life! Interesting info here.

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