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Twelve Months New Orleans December

Twelve Months New Orleans December

Twelve Months New Orleans December, completing the series by Enrique Alferez Twelve Months New Orleans December This image is the twelfth and final in a series of images by Enrique Alferez, published by Michael Higgins as "The Twelve Months of New Orleans." Higgins...

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Maison Blanche Thanksgiving

Maison Blanche Thanksgiving

The Post-Thanksgiving sales in the Men’s Department included mostly grab-and-go items. Casual shirts, slacks, some jackets and coats. Mom would hit the stores while dad slept in or went fishing. So, Mom picked up stuff for dad that didn’t require his presence. That gave her time to explore the various ladies departments. From the employee perspective, it was easy. The lines stached up a bit, so shoppers didn’t come up for conversation.

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Superliners Viewliners, Amtrak #TrainThursday

Superliners Viewliners, Amtrak #TrainThursday

Amtrak operates two-level Superliner equipment outside of routes in and out of the Northeast Corridor. The railroad ordered 235 Superliners from Pullman-Standard in 1975. Employees of the US’s national passenger railroad chose the name, “Vistaliner” for the equipment. They later learned that name was copyrighted, so the cars became Superliners.The “Phase I” cars entered service in 1978.

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Oscar’s Puppets

Oscar’s Puppets

When Emile Alline created Mr. Bingle, he naturally visualized dolls of the character for window displays. Someone mentioned that there was a puppeteer working on Bourbon Street. He did vaudeville-style shows in between the dancers. Oscar had two puppets of Alline’s Bingle doll made.

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Railroad Advertisements (2)

Railroad Advertisements (2)

Two more railroad advertisements from November 3, 1925. The Orleanean ran from New Orleans to Houston, with through car service via the Southern Pacific’s Sunset Limited to California. The Louisville and Nashville operated New Orleans & Florida Limited between NOLA and Jacksonville.

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Railroad Destinations, 1925 (1)

Railroad Destinations, 1925 (1)

While travel on a regular train in 1925 wasn’t as elegant as Vanderbilt’s “executive” car, Southern Railway and Southern Pacific Railroad offered both sleeper and coach options for overnight trips. SP’s Sunset Limited enticed travelers with a scenic side trip in Arizona. New Orleanians learned about these opportunities via ads in the Times-Picayune.

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NYC 3 – New York Central Executive Car

NYC 3 is a restored Executive Car from the New York Central. NYC 3 on the Crescent The northbound (#20) Crescent delivered a treat on Tuesday, 2-November. A "private varnish" car brought up the rear, NYC 3, named "Portland." This railcar served a different purpose...

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Twelve Months New Orleans November

Twelve Months New Orleans November

Twelve Months New Orleans November, continuing the series by Enrique Alferez Twelve Months New Orleans November This image is the eleventh in a series of images by Enrique Alferez, published by Michael Higgins as "The Twelve Months of New Orleans." Higgins published...

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Tombs, Ovens, All Souls

Tombs, Ovens, All Souls

Tombs, Ovens, All Souls, the preparation was all for today. Tombs, Ovens, All Souls. Illustration from the 1870s, A Cemetery Walk, (Tombs and "Ovens.") shows the scene in a New Orleans cemetery. The tombs on the right are typical of the city's older cemeteries,...

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Amtrak Anniversary Locomotive

Amtrak Anniversary Locomotive

Follow-up to yesterday's post featuring an Amtrak Anniversary Locomotive. Amtrak Anniversary Locomotive Yesterday's post featured the Amtrak Crescent #20, northbound to New York City. On Monday, I went over to where the Back Belt crosses Marconi Boulevard, rather than...

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Amtrak Crescent #20 Celebrates 50

Amtrak Crescent #20 Celebrates 50

The Amtrak Crescent #20 celebrates the railroad's 50th! Amtrak Crescent #20 celebrates Amtrak Crescent #20, about 20 minutes after departing Union Passenger Terminal, New Orleans (NOL). P42DCs AMTK 75 and 161 pull a consist of 3 coaches, 1 cafe' car, 2 sleepers, and 2...

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600 Tchoupitoulas, 1843

600 Tchoupitoulas, 1843

Several of the buildings in this illustration of 600 Tchoupitoulas are still standing. 600 Tchoupitoulas George Sully painted this watercolor of the 600 block of Tchoupitoulas Street around 1843. The painting depitcts several three-story buildings on the downtown side...

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901 Canal Then/Now

901 Canal Then/Now

901 Canal Then/Now shows the block in 1910 and present day. 901 Canal Then/Now Two views of the 901 block of Canal Street, one from an old postcard from 1910, the other from this afternoon. While the contemporary shot appears timeless, the old postcard is a very...

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Storyville Debate, 1897

Storyville Debate, 1897

The Storyville debate continued past the District's creation. . Storyville Debate In their edition of 9-October-1897, The Mascot re-printed a letter from "CITIZEN," originally published in The New Orleans Item. The letter decries the establishment of the Storyville...

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Tivoli Circle, 1968

Tivoli Circle, 1968

Tivoli Circle connected the CBD with Union Station. Tivoli Circle NOPSI 934, heading outbound on the St. Charles line, 1968. John LeBeau photo, via Aaron Handy, III. Here's Aaron's caption from Facebook: Outbound Charley car 934 coming off Saint Charles Avenue to...

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Claiborne Terminal 1978

There's always activity at the Claiborne Terminal. Claiborne Terminal 1978 It was hectic at the end of the St. Charles line on 18-August-1978. Michael Palmieri captured this shot of three vintage-1923 arch roof streetcars, (l-r) NOPSI 914, 923, 962. NOPSI 923 blocks...

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Freret’s Cenotaph

Freret’s Cenotaph

Freret's Cenotaph remained on paper when the Washington Artillery chose another design. Freret's Cenotaph "Front elevation design for the Washington Artillery Monument (tomb)." by James Freret. Like most architects in New Orleans, Freret  worked on spec. He drafted...

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St. Aloysius Bonds

St. Aloysius Bonds

St. Aloysius bonds, a private issue to finance the completion of the new building. St. Aloysius bonds. Advertisement in the Times-Picayune, 15-April, 1925, for St. Aloysius bonds to finance the completion of the "new" school building. The Bond Department of Marine...

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Unpacking 900 Canal Street

Unpacking 900 Canal Street

Streetcars and Walgreens at 900 Canal Street! 900 Canal Street This Peter Ehrlich photo from 2008  features some next details. Most notably, NORTA 968 runs inbound on the Canal Street line. This was the period post-Katrina where the Canal and St. Charles lines crossed...

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Southern Railway Terminal

Southern Railway Terminal

The Southern Railway Terminal on Basin Street serviced New Orleans for forty-six years. Southern Railway Terminal Franck Studios photo (via HNOC) of the Southern Railway Terminal, Canal and Basin Streets, downtown. This particular photo caught my eye because it's a...

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JAX Truck, 1959

JAX Truck, 1959

A JAX truck at a body shop in 1959. JAX truck A truck owned by the Jackson Brewing Company, parked by an auto body shop in Algiers, Louisiana, 21-May-1959. Photo is from Franck Studios, via HNOC. Several law firms hired Franck Studios for legal photography. So, it's...

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Fort Livingston 1930s

Fort Livingston 1930s

Fort Livingston guards Bayou Barataria. Fort Livingston Photo of Fort Livingston and its lighthouse, from the 1930s. The fort stands on Grand Terre Island, on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. It's the only military fortification in Louisiana along the Gulf Coast. Other...

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Barataria Shrimp Trawler

Barataria Shrimp Trawler

Barataria shrimp trawler heading to the Gulf of Mexico. Barataria shrimp trawler The "Karaset C," a trawler, heading out Bayou Barataria to the white shrimp fishing zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Howard "Cole" Coleman, undated, likely in the late 1950s. There...

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Amtrak’s Panama Limited

Amtrak's Panama Limited began operations in 1971. Amtrak's Panama Limited Paul Oliver photo of Amtrak's Panama Limited, 5-May-1974. This is train #58, heading northbound from New Orleans to Chicago. Here's Mike Palmieri's caption, from a Facebook group: AMTK No. 58 -...

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Mercier Building 1885

Mercier Building 1885

The Mercier Building at Canal and Dauphine Streets was the first Maison Blanche. Mercier Building 1885 Photo of the construction of the Mercier Building in 1884. Photographer is unidentified. Source is the Louisiana Photographs Collection, Earl K. Long Library, UNO....

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NOPSI 913 working on Canal Street

NOPSI 913 working on Canal Street

NOPSI 913 on the Canal line in its waning days of operation. NOPSI 913 New Orleans Public Service, Incorporated (NOPSI) streetcar 913, starting an outbound run on the Canal Street line. Photographer uncredited--if you know who shot this, please drop me a line. NOPSI...

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Cotton Exchange Building

Cotton Exchange Building

The original Cotton Exchange Building was the setting for an Edgar Degas painting. Cotton Exchange Building Photo postcard of the Cotton Exchange Building, on the uptown/lake side of the corner of Carondelet and Gravier Streets, in the CBD. A group of cotton factors...

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