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Fox the Hatter: 1910

Fox the Hatter: 1910

New Orleans circa 1910. "St. Charles Avenue from Canal Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Pokorny Shoe Store

I'm new to this site and just saw this photo. Two businesses shown across from Fox the Hatter are M. Pokorny & Sons, which had their mens shoe store in that location for a century before it was destroyed by fire in 1984. Next door to Pokorny's is the Stafford Hat store, owned by Mose Levey (who married one of the Pokorny daughters). The Pokorny family also had a real estate investment company and at the company's height in the 1920s owned about a third of the properties on St. Charles Ave. between Canal and Poydras, including the Liberty Theater (another photo on this site) and the property where Whitney Bank is today. The full list of properties is with the Pokorny papers archived in Tulane's special collections.

A big fan

Kolb's was a restaurant that closed sometime shortly after 1992. It featured an amazing ceiling fan system where eight or so fans were all linked by belts and driven (slowly) by one central motor.

Meyer, Kolb, and DeDroit

I still go to Meyer to get my hats. Alas, while the sign for Kolb's German Restaurant was preserved, the restaurant is long gone. The last time I ate there about 1993 the interior still looked almost exactly like the below early 20th century postcard. One interesting aspect of the decor was the system of ceiling fans, which Mr. Kolb had acquired from the 1884 World Fair. I wonder what happened to those fans?

Back in the '20s Johnny DeDroit led the house jazz band at Kolb's. DeDroit made a few recordings for Okeh in '24 and '25. In his old age DeDroit said he thought the records turned out lousy, but they sound good to me.

Business endurance

Great to see that German restaurant Kolb is still in the same building in 2008, although now called Kolbs.

More about Kolbs, now in its 111th year:

[The restaurant is long gone. See above. - Dave]

Get your shoes shined !!!

I love the street side shoe shine chair on the right side before the intersection.

Look Behind You!

Turn 180 degrees and you'd see the scene posted here 5/6/2010 and find out more about Peter Fabacher, Jax Beer, and other pearls of wisdom.


Below is the same view from September of 2008.

And now

Kolb's is still there although the sign has been updated. Looks like there is still a restaurant where Fabacher's was. Interestingly, the street looks narrower now than it did in the 1910 picture but there's still a streetcar in the modern shot.

What, no dentist?

This may be the first business district shot I've seen on Shorpy that didn't have a dentist's sign in it. Hard to find a good dentist when you need one.

I don't know Fox

But I've purchased several hats at Meyer the Hatter, 120 St. Charles. They've been around since 1894.

Nattiest & Newest

1899 Advertisement

Fox, The Hatter,

All the Nattiest, Newest, Best Made Headgear on the Market.
Fashionable and Up-To-Date Styles.
Umbrellas and Walking Canes, A Specialty.

Frank Fox, the Hatter.

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