Pictures 97.3, 97.4, 97.5, and 97.6.

The two top pictures of this group appear to be companion photographs taken within a few minutes of the previous picture (Picture 97.1) by the same photographer.  The third picture is a closeup from the first, and the fourth is a closeup from the second.  In the third picture, we can see streetcars on all five tracks, although most of the images are not sharp enough to make out details.  But there is a surprise: the car on the center track — the chartered car with the dash sign Special and the clerestory sign Prytania — is showing part of its number, 08-something or 09-something.  Thus, it is a “Palace” car; it's surprising to find it assigned regularly to the Prytania line.  We have a good view of the crew waiting for their passengers: the motorman on the platform with his hand on the brake (no other crewman would have his hand on the controls!); another crewman standing on the front bumper; and a third crewman sitting on the bumper.  Probably one of those two is the conductor; the third could be a tour guide.  They appear to be among the younger employees of the company, who would be expected to be assigned the occasional special run.  In the fourth picture, we still see the three crewmen on the Special, and a fourth, older uniformed man is on the ground nearby; perhaps he is a supervisor.  “Palace” car 053 on the Canal Belt line is coming toward the camera.  Its motorman appears to be wearing a rain poncho.  But, you say, the shadows indicate a bright sunny day.  Yes, but it rains frequently in New Orleans, often preceded and followed by bright sunshine.  At the far right in this picture is car 278 on the Villere line, moving away from the camera.  This is one of eleven 8-window cars, numbered 278-288, purchased from Brill in 1895 for the New Orleans City & Lake RR. — Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection





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