Alexander Allison's New Orleans
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Canal Street from the Chess Club Gallery, after Rex, 1908

Allison captured this fantastically busy scene from the Chess, Checker, and Whist Club’s building at the corner of Baronne and Canal Streets (next door to the Grunewald, now Rosevelt, Hotel). It shows the D. H. Holmes department store on the left, the Marks Isaacs store in the middle, and the original Godchaux’s (with the turret) on the left. It is the impressive Mardi Gras crowd and the conglomeration of streetcars, though, that are the focal points of this photograph.

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