Lacework in Iron

French Quarter PostcardA balcony view in New Orleans’ French Quarter, featuring an ornate iron railing. On the back:

One of the finest examples of ironwork to be found in the French Quarter is this balcony. Note the intricacy of the design. In the distance can be seen the spires of the Old St. Louis Cathedral.

Texas Street, Shreveport

Shreveport PostcardPostmarked in 1951, this linen postcard offers a view of Texas Street in Shreveport, Louisiana. On the back:

Shreveport, Louisiana, the commercial and industrial center serving North Louisiana, East Texas, and South Arkansas.

Unloading Bananas

New Orleans PostcardUnloading bananas in New Orleans, Louisiana. On the back:

New Orleans, is the world’s greatest banana port, more than 700 ships arrive each year loaded with 25,000 to 50,000 bunches of bananas. Each individual bunch is carried from the hold of the ship to the door of the refrigerator car on mechanical conveyors.

Evangeline Hotel

Evangeline Hotel PostcardThe Evangeline Hotel in Lafayette, Louisiana. This postcard was mailed from Camp Claiborne (an Army camp used mainly for basic training) to Denton, Texas and includes this message:

Dear David & Paul,
Thanks for the Valentines. Sorry I neglected sending each of you a card. You know that I love you,

Sugar Bowl Stadium

Sugar Bowl Stadium PostcardFootball fans will recognize this view of Sugar Bowl Stadium, the site of so many memorable games. The linen postcard, published by E.C. Kropp, provides this description:

This bowl, with a seating capacity of 70,000, is part of Tulane University, and the site of the annual New Year’s Day football classic of the South. Its name is derived from the fact that the property on which it stands was once a sugar plantation owned by Etienne de Bore.

Canal Street

Canal Street PostcardProduced by Colourpicture, this linen postcard shows the mayhem on Canal Street during Mardi Gras. On the back:

At New Orleans, the gayest of good times is Mardi Gras, the bacchanalia that ushers in the Lenten season, and every year brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. On Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) the entire city turns out for one of the Greatest Shows in America.

Jackson Square

Jackson Square PostcardThis linen card was published by E.C. Kropp, and includes this description of the scene:

Jackson Square, the Place d’Armes of “Old Orleans” scene of the most stirring events of the city’s history. Here the United States formally received title from France. Here Lafayette was feted in 1826. The historic St. Louis Cathedral was erected 1718 by Don Almonaster Y. Roxas, a wealthy Spaniard, who donated it to the parish. Rebuilt in 1720, present building 1794. Cabildo contains a splendid museum of art, historic items and antiques. The State Historical Museum contains important documents and books.

Old French Courtyard

New Orleans PostcardAn old courtyard in New Orleans, published by E.C. Kropp. I like this card, as it’s colorful while still retaining a sort of “grungy” look. The description reads, “The court yards of the ‘Vieux Carre’ or old quarter of New Orleans, constitute its greatest charm, unique inheritances fro the Creole settlers of the old city. Many of them are filled with beautiful gardens which are usually just temptingly visible through arched driveways like that at the right of the picture. Note the flagstone paving.”