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Chess, Checkers & Whist: 1903

Chess, Checkers & Whist: 1903

        According to the charter of the social club, founded in 1880, "the purposes and objects of the corporation are to promote the knowledge and encourage the development of the scientific games of Chess, Checkers, and Whist."

New Orleans circa 1903. "Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, Canal and Baronne streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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There are two bollards in the street. Each appears to have a tilt and a ball on the top. Any idea what they were for?

Paul Morphy

It seems likely that this chess club had some connection with Paul Morphy
(1837-1884), a lifelong New Orleans resident, who was a self-taught
chess prodigy (and eccentric) and unofficial world chess champion for
a number of years.

Boys Beware

Offner's was the kind of store my mother kept me out of, for good reason!

A Dentist For Bovines

The Buffalo dentist (right of the photo above the Offner's store) must have to use pretty big tools to get at those teeth, not to mention getting skewered by the horns.

So then having a Buffalo Dentist above a China Shop is not a good thing?

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