Historic Photos of New Orleans

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Birthplace of jazz, home to the beignet, city of a thousand legends, New Orleans grew out of a unique blend of cultures. Its architecture and cuisine, born of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and other influences, created a city unlike any other in America. Its popular saying, laissez les bons temps rouler???let the good times roll???reflects the upbeat spirit of its citizens, a spirit that has at times been diminished by tragedy, but that can never be vanquished. Historic Photos of New Orleans celebrates that...

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Birthplace of jazz, home to the beignet, city of a thousand legends, New Orleans grew out of a unique blend of cultures. Its architecture and cuisine, born of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and other influences, created a city unlike any other in America. Its popular saying, laissez les bons temps rouler???let the good times roll???reflects the upbeat spirit of its citizens, a spirit that has at times been diminished by tragedy, but that can never be vanquished. Historic Photos of New Orleans celebrates that spirit in nearly 200 striking, black-and-white photographs selected from local and national archives. Here are the grand buildings and the immigrant slums, the cast-iron corn fences and the open-air markets, Mardi Gras parades and scenes of daily life. From the French Quarter and the elegant Garden District to the infamous Storyville, the people and places of New Orleans tell their unique story through these beautiful, rarely seen images.

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Fr. John I. Greater New Orleans Living Magazine
Historic Photos of New Orleans is a treasure trove of images honoring the city's cultural and historical significance from 1870-1969. Author and historian Melissa Lee Smith meticulously researched more than 200 black-and-white photographs from both the public and private collections that beautifully capture the essence of old New Orleans, it's buildings, streets and people cloaked in another place and time.
—Lisa M. Daliet
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596524057
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 953,418
  • Product dimensions: 10.42 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Lee Smith grew up in Covington, Louisiana, a small town located north of New Orleans. She received her B.A. in history from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1994 with a focus in Louisiana history and women's history. She is currently completing her M.A. in history from the University of New Orleans with a focus on New Orleans African American society during the Jim Crow era. Smith and her husband Patrick Ellis currently live in New Orleans with their son James. She currently works for the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans and also performs freelance research and writing.
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