Thursday, April 23, 2015

Making Modern New Orleans

Here is a highlight reel that I will use for discussion about New Orleans in the 1960s and 70s and the work of the Documentary and Oral History Studio:

MMNO highlights - HIST240 from Loyola DOHS on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vice, Organized Crime, and Building a Reputation on Bourbon Street

1026 Conti, the location of Norma Wallace's last brothel, of "Last Madam" fame.

Sharkey Bonano later in life in 1958

The famous 500 Club on Bourbon Street owned by Leon Prima until he was bought out.

Evelyn West, a famous burlesque dancer who once ensured her breasts for $50,000 with Lloyds of London

Sloppy Joe's, where Evelyn West's performance drew the ire of "reformers" in 1949.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Now and Then

Kimia: Albert Sidney Johnston Memorial, Metairie Cemetery:

Original photo (probably around 1900)


Ellie: Uptown home on Maple Street in the early 1950s. 

Emma B. Rampart and Bienville

These are not actually the same property! But it shows how confusing it can be. Pay attention to the windows at the roofline. Here is the property Emma photographed in the Vieux Carre Digital Survey:

So what happened to the building from 1940? Well, it is actually 300-306 Rampart, where the building above is 308-312 Rampart. You can see the Dog House Saloon here from around the same time. A cab is still parked in front!

Matt K. Christ Church, St. Charles Avenue: As it looked in 1890: 

Also - Roya, Christ Church - but from a different photo!
Allison, Circa 1910: 

Connor: Newcomb Hall, Tulane 

Israh: Pirate's Alley

Sara: Lalaurie Mansion, Hospital and Royal (Gov. Nicholls). 

Note: this was once owned by Nicholas Cage.

Cherie: Confederate memorial, Greenwood Cemetery:
Circa 1890: 

Sam: First Presbyterian on Claiborne Ave, 1950:

Colby: The Liberty Monument: 

Also (for what it is worth) in 1910:

Paul: Gibson Hall, Tulane: 
In 1906:

McGhee before it was McGhee School in 1946:

Prytania and First (a new house on an old lot.) What happened to the old house? They often burned.

St. Charles & St. Andrew, 1951:

Fionn: St. Louis #1: 1890 to the present.

What makes this difficult to replicate?

Caleb:  Monkey Hill

Jackie: Campbell Mansion, Julia & St. Charles circa 1951:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Louis Armstrong

To what extent did music transform ideas about race? The answer could be "not at all" to "entirely." To the extent that it did, New Orleans music mattered.

Here is a really cool piece on the relationship between Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. The two first met in 1926 in Chicago and became lifelong friends.

Bing as part of the Rhythm Boys in The King of Jazz (1930)

Armstrong in Copenhagen in 1933

With Bing in 1956 in High Society.

Ella Brennan on Louis Armstrong

Way down yonder in New Orleans from Loyola DOHS on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Images from TOC New Orleans in Commerce and Culture

Grain being transferred from a primitive turn-of-the-century barge to an elevator to a ship. Note the grain dust wafting away on the air! Note also the high water.

Teen-aged workers at the Lane Cotton Mills in New Orleans, Circa 1912. What does this suggest about race, class, and gender?

Madison Street, circa 1905. Notice Begue's restaurant on the right. And you thought today's FQ streets were dirty!

Once again, loading bananas on the docks, circa 1904. The carrying over the shoulder would be replaced eventually by a conveyor belt with canvas sacks that did mechanically the same job. But it was still very inefficient. Locals called the banana boats "The Great White Fleet" as they were, in fact, painted white. Many would be turned over to use by the government during World War II and be sunk. They were also obsolete by then, leading to further modernization in the banana industry. Lastly, consider integration from ship to rail, essentially what goes on in today's modern "multi-modal" transportation hubs using shipping containers. The missing ingredient in 1905 is the semi truck and, of course, the container.

Before the construction of the Huey P. Long bridge, heading west to places like Houston meant ferrying rail cars across the river in segments. Here we see such a ferry doing its job during the turn-of-the-century. Note the big sidewheel steam mechanism (barely visible) and the pedestrian gangways on the right and left of the ship. The ferry's large wheel is just visible in the pilothouse. How must the aquatic landscape of New Orleans shaped life for those who needed to traverse it - both a blessing and a curse. Once across the river, they would travel West from "West we go" or Westwego.