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A Streetcar Named Henry: 1905

A Streetcar Named Henry: 1905

Back to the sunny South circa 1905. "Carondelet Street, New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Immaculate Conception

The boy in the picture is not wearing knickers. He is a student at Jesuit's Immaculate Conception College on Baronne Street - one street over. Today it is Jesuit High School at a different location. From 1901 to 1907 the Corps of Cadets existed there and their uniform was the West Point cadet's uniform.


Same view from May of 2004 below (in lesser detail due to my second attempt at scanning slides taken prior to my conversion to digital).

Re: Short Pants

Those are knickers too.

Dear "Miffed"

Mr. Fellman doesn't want you to see his new window display before it's perfected. Come back next week and be prepared to be seduced out of your money by the fabulous panorama of goods!

In the meantime, you can peruse the fine selection of shirts featured behind the plate glass next door.


Mr. Fellman's Window Dresser

Look at all those wires

You know it's time someone invented underground utilities when you have to cobble telephone poles on top of telephone poles.

Short Pants??

Am I crazy or is the guy on the left crossing Canal wearing short pants? The boy on the opposite corner, right side, is wearing knickers, but the guy I'm talking about looks to be wearing Bermuda shorts with a long jacket.

Your knees are showing!

That is one short tight skirt on the lady crossing the street with her back to us center stage. Her coat looks the same style as the white haired man's she is walking with.

Under the Stars

What's that on the roof of the Hennen Building aka Latter & Blum Building? It's gone in the modern photos, but it looks like a restaurant or night club with open air dining or dancing. It must have had fantastic views of the River and the City.

Why would anyone want

a square cigar?


What exactly IS it that Leon Fellman doesn't want me to see?

That Bollard

It prevented turning wagons from straying too far into a bend when rounding a corner. There are still quite a few around New Orleans today. Occasionally old cannons were also used for this purpose.

10 stories in the Crescent City

The tall building down the street is New Orleans's first skyscraper, the 10-story (*11 stories counting the penthouse) Hennen Building, designed by Sully and Toledano and built 1893-1895. This view shows the building before alterations were made to it in the 1920s. The building is still standing and is now known as the Latter & Blum Building.

[The 11th floor was added in 1922. - Dave]

Pedestrian Warning

That fellow standing in front of Fellman's, with his hands in his pockets, better look where he's going before he steps off that curb.

Possible Bollard

Does anyone know what the post in the middle of the street (far down right) is? Actually, I just wanted to use one of my favorite Shorpy-learned words.

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