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Historic Photos of New Orleans Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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Turning through the pages of this book is like stepping back in time to a place where Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and other cultures mixed together to form a truly unique city.
Looking through the photos, it was fun to be able to notice where some of the photos were captured at. I went to New Orleans last year for my birthday, and the hotel we stayed at was right across from the Mint (pictured on page 33). The French Market is a place everyone goes to in the French Quarter, and seeing how it looked so many years ago was really remarkable (pictured on pages 20 and 71). Throughout the pictures that included the streetcars I was also quite impressed by the number of streetcars that used to be in use in New Orleans. It is sad that they are not in use as much anymore (and take a long time to wait for one going in your direction nowadays). The St. Louis Cathedral and the St. Louis Cemetery both look quite the same as they do today, and are two of my favorite places to go in New Orleans.
The author, Melissa Lee Smith did a fantastic job putting the pictures and history together for Historic Photos of New Orleans. It is an enjoyable book to read and look at to take pleasure in for many years.
New Orleans has had quite a history. If you've ever been to New Orleans, and fell in love with the city like I have, this is the perfect book to read about the history of the city and look back at memorable photos of New Orleans.
* Thank you to the publisher of Historic Photos of New Orleans, Turner Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
The 199 photographs are divided four time periods. The first deals with New Orleans recovering from the Civil War 1870-1899. The second deals with how New Orleans dealt with the transitions of 1900 to 1910. The third period covers the First World War and the Great Depression and is particularly relevant because of the important New Orleans has as a port city at the end of the Mississippi River and on the Gulf of Mexico. The last chapter covers World War Two from 1940 and the post war boom through 1969.
The photos are printed in large format, some of them are displayed on more than one page, and show us not only the architecture, but the manner of life in the city. We see people of all races, and in varying economic circumstances. Noticing their dress, the modes of transportation over the decades, their work, and their play is quite interesting.
While I enjoy all of the Historic Photo books, this one seems to be of particular historic importance because of the losses suffered just a few years ago.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
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One of the best books on New Orleans I have come across. Numerous rare and interesting photographs that evoke the spirit of the past of this great American city.Published on August 22, 2012 by Marksl
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