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Historic Photos of New Orleans Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596524057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596524057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The photos and text are very well done.
Jim
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.
Craig Matteson
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.
Sheri Newton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Orduna on February 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have not enjoyed a book as much as this one in a VERY long time. It brought me back to a time and place that made New Orleans "The Paris of the Americas" The photos were incredible and fasenating. Anyone seriously interested in the history of New Orleans MUST own this book. To look at those things (*some of which are no longer in existance) is awsome. To know this was the world of our ansesters lives and what they knew is to say the least tremendosly thought provoking. I would recomend this work to anyone who is interested in the city and especally to those with roots in it..... Louie Orduna....Author of The Demon Chronicles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on May 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Historic Photos of New Orleans by Melissa Lee Smith is a book that enables the reader to go on a photographic journey of New Orleans' rich history from 1870 - 1969. Photos include the French Quarter, Garden District, and Storyville.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The photographs were thoughtfully chosen, documenting many important periods and events of New Orleans history. This is a must have for anyone who knows New Orleans or wants to learn about the pre-Katrina city.
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This collection of historic photographs of New Orleans is particularly meaningful given the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the damage caused when the levees failed. Melissa Lee Smith grew up in a small town North of New Orleans, has a degree in history from the University of New Orleans, and currently works for the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans. She has written excellent chapter introductions and captions for the well chosen black and white photos published here.

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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