Andy Bourgeois leads Cor Jesu football #BOSHSunday

Andy Bourgeois leads Cor Jesu football #BOSHSunday

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Andy Bourgeois becomes the first football coach at Cor Jesu. Andy Bourgeois Mr. Andy Bourgeois was the first head football coach at Cor Jesu High School. The school announced it would compete in Catholic League athletics in the fall of 1964. So, Cor Jesu's administration named its first athletic staff in January, 1965. College Prep From its opening in 1954...
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NOPSI Canal Station from the rear

NOPSI Canal Station from the rear

NOPSI Canal Station is usually photographed from Canal Street.

nopsi canal station

NOPSI Canal Station

The New Orleans City Railroad Company (NOCRR, the first incarnation) built the streetcar barn/station on Canal Street in 1860-61. This photo, from 1954, offers an interesting perspective, from the rear. The original facility consisted of three parts. NOCRR built an actual barn, for the mules, pre-electrification. Next to that, they built the streetcar facility. Additionally, they constructed a steam-train engine house. The engine facility stood right behind the buildings facing Canal Street. So, steam engines exited their shed, heading to West End. NOCRR ran steam from N. White Street out to the cemeteries, then the lake. Since that part of Canal Street was less ti at the time, they got away with the smoke and noise.

Evolution

I came across an aerial photo of NOPSI Canal Station from 1921 during research for the streetcar book. New Orleans Railway & Light operated the streetcars at that time. While the steam operations vanished with electrification, the company expanded the streetcar facilities into the block between Iberville and Bienvile. In 1921, a New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) ballpark separated Canal Station from the Boy’s High School (now Warren Easton). I hired a photographer to get me some contemporary shots of the facility. By 2004, the ballpark vanished. The current facility runs all the way to the school.

The photo

Railroad historian Mike Palmieri shared this photo on a Facebook group. Here’s his caption:

NOPSI – NEW ORLEANS – APR 1954 – WILLIAM T. HARRY image

This was a view of the streetcar storage yard at the New Orleans Public Service’s CANAL STATION and BUS GARAGE in the 2900-block of Canal Street, as seen from Iberville Street, and the cars which can be identified were the 942, 931, 943, 932 and 930. The first three of these were scrapped after the CANAL car line was discontinued 10 years later, but the other two survive on the ST. CHARLES line. The trolleybus parking area was off to the right, on the opposite side of Iberville.

So, by the 1950s, NOPSI converted that ballpark to outdoor bus and streetcar parking. Mr. Harry got photos of that side as well that we’ll share as we go along.

 

Judy Garland Mayor Mastrei

Judy Garland Mayor Mastrei

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1938: Judy Garland Mayor Maestri pose for a photo. Judy Garland Mayor Maestri Actress Judy Garland, during a visit to New Orleans in January, 1938, paid a call on Mayor Robert Maestri, at his City Hall office. She sold him a publicity photo. The proceeds from the sale went to the President's Fund for Infantile Paralysis. Before "The Wizard of...
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Hugo Kahn City Council Proclamation

Hugo Kahn City Council Proclamation

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Hugo Kahn City Council Proclamation recognized the President of the Krauss Corporation. Hugo Kahn City Council Proclamation In the waning days of Krauss Department Store, appreciations and tributes poured into the store. Mr. Hugo Kahn, President of the Krauss Corporation, accepted most of these on behalf of the store. The New Orleans City Council went one step further, recognizing Hugo...
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New Orleans Oratorio Society 1922

New Orleans Oratorio Society 1922

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The New Orleans Oratorio Society posed for a portrait in 1922. New Orleans Oratorio Society Photographer H. J. Harvey posed the New Orleans Oratorio Society and Symphony Orchestra for a group portrait on 21-January-1922. The concert hall is unidentified. In 1922, the Musical Blue Book of America lists Ernest E. Schuyten as the conductor of the Society: Schuyten, Ernest E.,...
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Distaff Women’s Journal 1972

Distaff Women’s Journal 1972

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Distaff Women's Journal presented a "preview" edition in 1973. Distaff Women's Journal The preview of Distaff Women's Journal dropped in New Orleans in December, 1972. A "distaff" is a spindle, or stick that is used to assist in spinning fiber into yarn or thread. Over time, the definition expanded to encompasses women's work in general, since spinning yarn was never...
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