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The Dog-House: 1940

The Dog-House: 1940

1940. "New Orleans, Louisiana. Old building at Rampart and Bienville streets." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Big Yellow Taxi

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

A floor show at 3:30 AM? Wow. As a habitue of bars in my youth I remember bars and their customers at the usual closing time of 2 AM but 3:30 AM customers watching a floor show must have been a thing of beauty to behold to a people watcher and a pub crawler like me.

According to google View there are 3 parking lots at this corner so I'm going with the hope I called the shot of a parking lot where the Dog House stood.

Can't be 1940

With that at least 1942 Chevrolet, already rough around the edges, lurking there on the left.

[The car is a 1941 Chevrolet, introduced in 1940; both cars have 1940 plates. - Dave]

From the 1938 WPA Guide to New Orleans

Dog House, 300 North Rampart St., is open from 9 P.M. until 4 A.M.

Both jazz orchestra and floor show are colored, and three performances are given nightly, 11 P.M., 1.30 and 3 A.M. A high-class place, says the proprietor, for middle class people, and one where they can have freedom of body and soul. The taxi girls bring their lunch.

Take me somewhere special, driver

The cap pushed jauntily back on his head tells me the guy in the white shirt leaning against the corner is the driver of the Checker Cab at left. Everything else about him tells me he can take you places in New Orleans that are not included in the Chamber of Commerce list of local attractions.

Oh, that Marion Post Wolcott asked to go photograph such a place. Not for the smut, but for the depth she brought to her subjects.

[MPW didn't "ask to go" photograph this place. - Dave]

Sorry, I should have said: Oh, that Marion Post Wolcott had asked the driver to take her to such a place. Not for the smut or the violence, but for the depth she brought to her subjects.

["The driver" was MPW. - Dave]

Don't bother looking on Google street view

One modern building and three parking lots


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