Pictures 174, 174.5, 175, 176, 177, and 178.

Although these pictures were taken from slightly different angles, they show the same buildings on the downtown side of Canal (which the photographers were facing), from about Carondelet/Bourbon.  The top picture, the earliest of the group, features a single truck streetcar loading passengers on the outer lakebound track, while a pair of double truck “Palace” cars cross the intersection of Baronne/Dauphine riverbound on the inner track.  The second picture, from a lantern slide, stars two single truck cars pssing on the inner tracks, with other cars seen in the distance.  The thid picture features a “Palace” car on the Canal Belt line riverbound on the inner track, and a single truck car lakebound on the outer track.  The fourth picture shows another “Palace” car, on the lakebound inner track, loading passengers at its left rear door.  Unfortunately, the streetcars in the fifth picture are heavily retouched, but one can make out another “Palace” car lakebound on the inner track, and next to it, a single truck car lakebound on the outer track.  That car appears to have an arch roof, but that appearance may be merely a result of the retouching of the picture.  A cluster of single truck cars is approaching on the outer and inner riverbound tracks.  The bottom picture also features a lakebound “Palace” car loading passengers at its left rear door.  Note the predominance of horsedrawn vehicles in the four upper pictures, with a very early automobile at the lower left corner of the second picture, and mostly automobiles in the two bottom pictures.  We see also the old fashioned “galleries” over the sidewalk in front of most businesses.  On the downtown side of Canal, the top two pictures show the signs for Grunewald's Music Store Pianos & Organs, next door to the J. Rosenberg Co. Ltd. (at the right edge of the top picture).  Some moves had been made by the time of the third picture, and still more changes are seen in the two bottom pictures (1920s).  In the third picture, we see that Grunewald's has moved into the ex-Rosenberg location, and the F. M. Kirby & Co. 5 & 10c store has taken Grunewald's former place.  (Later, Kirby's moved in one block.  Compare Picture 182.)  In midblock, we can also see the sign for D. H. Holmes, a main competitor to Maison Blanche.  In the fifth picture, Kirby's has moved, and been replaced by the F. W. Woolworth Co., advertising “Nothing in this store over 10c”.  Grunewald's has rearranged the signs on the front of its store.  The signs are similar in the bottom picture, but one can also read the signs of the corner store: the upper sign says “Imperial Shoe Store”, and the lower says “Hanan Shoes”.  The fifth postcard caption says the view is “looking west,” which is true in New Orleans terms, if one thinks of north as to the right (downtown) from Canal Street; but in terms of the compass that the rest of the world uses, these views all face almost perfectly north. — E. C. Kropp Co. (fifth)







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