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Room and Bird: 1936

Room and Bird: 1936

January 1936. "New Orleans architecture. Cast-iron grillwork house near Lee Circle on Saint Charles Avenue." Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Lake Pontchartrain

In a gentler time, during the New Orleans summer, thousands of people would sleep out on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Motel 2

The $2 room is the one overhanging the alleyway with floor about to give way and wrapped in high-voltage wiring!

Chez Ignatius

Sweet mercy.

When I see pictures of the glorious past of New Orleans, my first thought is: How in the living hell did they stand the heat in the summer?

Yes, I know. As my mother whose clan is from New Orleans says, they were much tougher folks in those bygone days.

I just bet they were. But I guarantee I smell better than any of them after a long, sticky, hot summer night spent in my air conditioned home rather than sprawled out on the front porch because it was too damn hot to sleep inside.

Am I Psyhic or Psycho

This image looks to me to be a repeat. The frontal scene and especially the ornate grillwork struck a memory chord. However, I searched Shorpy using various combinations of caption words or phrases (cast-iron, grillwork, ornate, etc.) to no avail.

Is this the same of smilar to a posted picture in, say, the past 6 months? (Should I mention that I have been having vivid and interesting dreams of late?)

[Did you search for "Orleans"? - Dave]

Bebop on down to Birdland

New Orleans. Jazz. SAINT CHARLES. Who needs a gilded cage?

Re: Tweet

I, too, searched for the elusive bird, never thinking to look IN the window. Guess my super-sleuthing abilities are somewhat less than super.

And it's singing . .

"I'm only a bird in a gilded cage"

Conservative Chimney...

It leans to the right.


I forgot to make reservations this year for the Mardi Gras parades, do you think I can still get the advertised rate?


Did anyone else search every square inch of the grillwork looking for the bird?

[Hello? They're right in front of your nose. - Dave]

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