Richards and Gillette in Milneburg #JazzTuesday

Richards and Gillette in Milneburg #JazzTuesday

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Richards and Gillette were a married couple and jazz act. Richards and Gillette Bob Gillette and his wife, Shirley Richards, posing on the railroad tracks in Milneburg in 1952. Gillette played the banjo. He played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, then Bix Beiderbecke & the Wolverines. He was the first banjoist for The Wolverines. After playing for years with...
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Knights Templar Train 1924 #TrainThursday

Knights Templar Train 1924 #TrainThursday

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Knights Templar train en route to New Orleans. Knights Templar train A special train, operated by the Texas and Pacific Railroad (T&P), arrives at New Orleans, 27-April-1924. The Knights Templar held their triennial convention in the city that year. The Texas and Pacific Railroad operated trains from New Orleans to Northwest Louisiana, Dallas, and Ft. Worth. Local railroad historians think...
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Entering Metairie Cemetery 1930s

Entering Metairie Cemetery 1930s

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Entering Metairie Cemetery before the expressway, 1930s. Entering Metairie Cemetery Franck Studios photo of Metairie Cemetery, from the 1930s. The perspective is from the Metairie Road side. The original entrance to the cemetery stands just behind the photographer. The New Canal flowed past Metairie Cemetery at this time. Charles T. Howard acquired the land for the cemetery in 1871. The...
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Kenner Shoemaker 1938

Kenner Shoemaker 1938

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Kenner shoemaker in his shop, 1938. Kenner Shoemaker 1938 "Shoemaker in his shop. Kenner, Louisiana," by Russell Lee. Lee was a documentary photographer. He worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. Lee traveled extensively, documenting life during the mid-late 1930s. He caught this shoemaker at work in Kenner in 1938. Russell Lee UT Austin maintains a collection...
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Department Store Ads – Godchaux’s

Department Store Ads – Godchaux’s

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Department store ads over generations are fun. Department Store Ads Ads for Godchaux's Department Store. The first appeared in the Loyola Maroon in 1929. The second demonstrated the store's sort for the New Orleans Opera Guild. It appeared in the program for "Romeo and Juliet" in 1947. Godchaux's on Canal Yesterday, local author (and someone I'm proud to call friend)...
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Lake Pontchartrain Seawall

Lake Pontchartrain Seawall

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Lake Pontchartrain seawall is the first level of flood protection in Orleans Parish. Lake Pontchartrain Seawall John Tibule Mendes photo of the Lake Pontchartrain Seawall, not long after its completion in 1932. The Orleans Levee Board (OLB) began the seawall project in 1930. Construction took about two and a half years. Land Reclamation Beginning in the 1920s, the OLB embarked...
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