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Amtrak Kenner

Amtrak Kenner

Amtrak Kenner - The City of New Orleans heading out of and into downtown. Amtrak Kenner Amtrak's City of New Orleans, #58 (Northbound), passing through Kenner, Louisiana, approximately 20 minutes out of Union Passenger Terminal (NOL). The train picks up speed as it...

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Napoleon Avenue Tunnel

Napoleon Avenue Tunnel

The Napoleon Avenue Tunnel proposal would connect Uptown to a new bridge. Napoleon Avenue Tunnel Diagram of proposed approaches to a second bridge across the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The concept was to use Napoleon Avenue as a major traffic approach to the...

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Key to Victory

Key to Victory

"Key to Victory" was published in the 7-January-1968 of the Dixie Roto Magazine. "Deep in Dixie" was a regular series in the Dixie Roto, the Sunday magazine insert in the Times-Picayune. It's no surprise that the edition that came out the day before the commemoration...

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Cutting Out Lake Borgne

Cutting Out Lake Borgne

Cutting out Lake Borgne - American defense delayed the British. Cutting out Lake Borgne "British and American Gunboats in Action on Lake Borgne, 14 December 1814." This painting by Thomas L. Hornbrook depicts the "cutting out expedition" of the Royal Navy on five...

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Lakefront Airport 1945

Lakefront Airport 1945

A commenter to the ad post on Instagram asked, which airport? Another commenter replied this had to be Lakefront Airport, because MSY didn’t open to commercial aviation until May, 1946. So, New Orleanians hopping a plane to Dallas in 1945 drove out to the lakefront. NEW opened (as Shushan Airport) in 1934. A year later, airlines shifted to Kenner. Lakefront Airport morphed into a general aviation site, with Air National Guard units as well as private aircraft.

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Eisenhower Commands – Christmas 1943

Eisenhower Commands – Christmas 1943

New Orleans fully supported the war effort. Manufacturing facilities, Andrew Jackson Higgins’ landing craft, major military hospitals, and shipbuilding kept the city busy. Retailers like the Krauss Corporation did everything they could to promote the sale of war bonds. Good news about air attacks and planning for the Summer of 1944 enabled New Orleans to have a cautious but happy holiday season.

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Lazard’s Canal Street

Lazard’s Canal Street

The Lazard’s in this photo operated as one store on a very-busy Canal Street. The merchants of the Touro Buildings across the street offered their goods. Daniel Henry Holmes and other merchants appealed to locals in the 801 block. S.J. Shwartz completed his new building for Maison Blanche, with S. H. Kress next door. Katz and Besthoff Drugstore and Adler’s Jewelers serviced customers just up from Lazard’s.

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Mid-City Magic on Murat

Mid-City Magic on Murat

Folks would add the Centanni home as one of their stops to go see Christmas lights in other neighborhoods. The display awed and inspired children throughout the 1950s, including a young man from the Ninth Ward named Al Copeland. Al would credit the Centannis as the inspiration for the huge light display at his Metairie home.

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Midnight Blue Anniversary – Amtrak 50

Midnight Blue Anniversary – Amtrak 50

So far, three of the six passed through New Orleans. AMTK 46, in the Phase V livery, a slightly modified version of the go-to scheme. AMTK 161 bears the Phase I livery. This was the first scheme after all the “heritage” equipment was assimilated. Most recently, AMTK 100, Midnight Blue Anniversary.

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Southern Crescent 1977

Southern Crescent 1977

Amtrak took over almost all passenger rail operations in the United States in 1971. Southern Railway chose not to opt-in to Amtrak in 1971. The railroad continued to operate the Southern Crescent until 1978. So, this train is indeed a Southern Railway consist.

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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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