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New Orleans, Again

Posted by Laurie Frost on August 30, 2009

More views of New Orleans from the Library of Congress. Credits below.


The old Ursuline convent, interior and upper story,and Spanish moss. Photographed in the 1920s by Arnold Genthe.









Canal St. 1901 or 023a00154r3a49161r










Two by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information: “Movie theatre on Saint Charles Street, Liberty Theater” and “Frame houses.”



Credits: All photographs are from the Library of Congress

Image identifier numbers [bracketed note added]:

LC-G391-T-0825 [ Window and stairway]

LC-G406-0059 [Ursuline convent]

LC-G391-T-1417 [Spanish moss]

LC-USZ6-148 [half stereo card]

LC-USZ62-49034 [horses right]

LC-USF342- 001285-A [theatre]

LC-USF342- 008060-E [houses]


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New Orleans

Posted by Laurie Frost on August 28, 2009


“A vista through iron lace, New Orleans.” Arnold Genthe, photographer. Photographic negative made between 1920 and 1926

Four years ago tonight New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama had just a few hours  left before Hurricane Katrina made landfall for the second time, having already killed six people and spawned tornadoes doing $1-2 billion property damage in South Florida.

My next few posts will give you a glimpse of some of the thousands of public domain images of  New Orleans in the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs online, many dating pre-1923. Several of these are from its collection of works by photographer Arnold Genthe (1869-1942).lc g3911 t 1059LC-G391-T01-0190 Credits are listed at the end of the post.













St. Louis  Cemetery: Because New Orleans is below sea level, people aren’t buried in the ground but rather in above ground tombs or wall vaults. The cemeteries resemble cities of the dead with single family dwellings (tombs) and high rise apartment blocks (wall vaults). The wall vaults are sometimes called ovens. You may remember one of New Orleans’ cemeteries as a setting in Easy Rider.  

det 4a10800rSt. Louis Cathedral:  New Orleans is a cathedral town. In this 1903 image from the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection, the St. Louis Cathedral is seen fronted by Jackson Square. A balcony’s iron railings provided Genthe a frame through which to shoot the cathedral, and in the next photo, he shows the cathedral from Chartres Street. Note the wrought iron balconies.LC-G391-T-0965LC-G406-T-0100














Credits: All photographs are from the Library of Congress’s Arnold Genthe Collection, with the exception on that of Jackson Square [LC det 4a10800r ], which is from its Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection.

Image identifier numbers [bracketed note added]:
LC-G391-T-0258 [vista]
LC-G391-T01-0190 [tombs]
LC-G391-1059 [wall vaults]
det 4a10800r [Jackson Square]
LC G391-T-0965 [framed]
LC-G406-T-0100 [Chartres]
LC-G406-T-0082 [nun]

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