FSA photos this morning.
Walker Evans photo of a grocery in New Orleans, 1936. (FSA collection at NYPL, in the Public Domain)
Down the rabbit hole! Scott pointed out a photo to me this morning on NOLA History Guy that’s part of the massive drop of images done last month by the New York Public Library. This one caught my eye, because I had no idea where in New Orleans this was. A Google search of “N.E. Sauls Grocery” led me to a second Walker Evans image for the FSA:
Looks like the same sequence, with the delivery truck pulling up. Froggy posted the second pic to Flickr (original source is LOC). He went the extra mile and looked up the grocery:
Per Soards City Directory 1935 and R.L. Polk Guide 1938 (confirming same information), Norman E. Sauls, grocery, 1101 Prytania Street. This was the uptown lake corner of Prytania and Caliope Street. Building no longer exists; location is as of 2010 under the elevated highway of the Pontchartrain Expressway ramp to the Crescent City Connection Bridge. I think the high-rise building visible at the top right is the Bienville Hotel.
Great look into the 1930s! Thanks for the wonderful distraction, gentlemen!