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Falling Concrete 1958

Falling Concrete 1958

It's not just contemporary--falling concrete was a problem in 1958. Falling concrete in the CBD A story on the front page of the Times-Picayune on 26-January-1958 has contemporary ring to it. "Falling Concrete Nearly Hits Pedestrian, 2 in Auto." The location was the...

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Gates of Prayer Cemetery 1999

Gates of Prayer Cemetery 1999

Chevra Thilim Cemetery (Gates of Prayer) stands at 4824 Canal Street, near City Park Avenue. Gates of Prayer Cemetery, also known as Chevra Thilim 1999 image of the "Jewish Cemetery" at 4824 Canal Street. The building in the background is the Botinelli Building. The...

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Stuffed Bingle 1952

Stuffed Bingle 1952

Stuffed Bingle hit his stride in the early 1950s. Jingle Jangle Jingle! The story of Mr. Bingle is Chapter 3 of my book, Maison Blanche Department Stores, from Emile Alline's preliminary doodles to the puppets, to the Big Bingle that rules Celebration in the Oaks at...

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Peak Krauss Growth 1952

Peak Krauss Growth 1952

1952 was the year of peak Krauss growth, as the store expanded fully. Peak Krauss Growth Photo of Krauss Department Store, taken in 1953, for the 50th Anniversary of the store. The photo, courtesy the Times-Picayune newspaper, The photo appears to have been shot from...

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Canal Street 1890 #MBMonday

Canal Street 1890, was a transitional period for the city's main street. Canal Street 1890 Lots in transition in this Canal Street, 1890 photograph. The photographer is William S. Howell. He shot it on March 25, 1890, at 3:45 PM. There's lots to break down here, but...

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Trombonist Santo Pecora

Trombonist Santo Pecora

"Mr. Tailgate," Trombonist Santo Pecora, was a mainstay in the NOLA Jazz scene. Trombonist Santo Pecora Born Santo Joseph Pecoraro, trombonist Santo Pecora played with a number of bands in the 1920s. He changed his last name because his cousin, also Santo Pecoraro,...

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Tiger Band Always Wins

Tiger Band Always Wins

Tiger Band wins the day every LSU football game. Tiger Band Always Wins That's right. No matter what the score after the final whistle, The Golden Band From Tiger Land (GBFTL) is always the big winner. While GBFTL's traditions and are best experienced in Tiger...

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NASA T-38s

NASA T-38s

NASA T-38s enable astronaut pilots to keep their qualifications.   NASA T-38s and Artemis! We're approaching liftoff for Artemis I on Tuesday. The Artemis program is NASA's plan to return to the moon. Artemis I launches unmanned, with three mannequins in the...

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Veterans Bus Memories

Veterans Bus Memories

My Veterans Bus memories go back over fifty years. Veterans Bus Memories Old and new photos of buses operating on the Veterans Blvd. line. The line, originally operated by Louisiana Transit Company, now Jefferson Transit (JeT), originally ran from Canal Blvd. and City...

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Theodore Lilienthal ads photos

Theodore Lilienthal ads photos

A sampling of photos from Theodore Lilenthal inspired by an advertisement. Theodore Lilienthal Photos by photographer Theodore Lilienthal. Lilienthal was a general photographer, doing portraits, architectural photos, and general scenes popular among stereo photography...

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Origins NO&CRR

The origins NO&CRR date back to the early 1830s. Origins of the NO&CRR I spoke to the Friends of the Cabildo Tour Guides at their monthly meeting this past Monday. They had me in to discuss the origins of the NO&CRR (New Orleans & Carrollton Railroad),...

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Tour Guides, Zoom, Streetcars

Tour Guides, Zoom, Streetcars

Thanks to the Friends of the Cabildo Tour Guides for having me in to speak! Tour Guides I had the privilege on Monday to speak to the monthly meeting of the Tour Guides of the Friends of the Cabildo. The FOC offer a number of walking tours, most notably their French...

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Pontchartrain Beach 1934

Pontchartrain Beach 1934

Harry Batt, Jr., promoted Pontchartrain Beach 1934 in the local paper. Pontchartrain Beach 1934 A full-page advertisement in the Times-Picayune, 1-July-1934, offered readers prizes at Pontchartrain Beach 1934. Participating stores included White Bros. jewelers, Cary...

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Turner’s Canal Street at Night

Turner’s Canal Street at Night

Nighttime changed the vibe of Canal Street. The stores closed around 6pm daily. So, nobody ran downtown to pick up something in the evening. Streetcars carried workers and shoppers alike to the residential sections of the city. By dusk, signs on Canal Street enticed riders and drivers with things other than shopping.

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Heart of Louisiana FOX8

Heart of Louisiana FOX8

FOX8's "Heart of Louisiana" segment on "Streetcar" featured...me. FOX8 Heart of Louisiana It's the 75th anniversary of the movie, "A Streetcar Named Desire." To mark the milestone, The Historic New Orleans Collection presents a wonderful, well-curated collection of...

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D-Day in Da Paper 6-June-1944

D-Day in Da Paper 6-June-1944

D-Day in Da Paper greeted New Orleans on the morning of the invasion. D-Day in Da Paper When New Orleans woke up on June 6, 1944, the Times-Picayune headline reported German accounts that the invasion was underway. Those reports were unconfirmed by Eisenhower's HQ in...

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