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

This actually shows the 1907 parade. The Rex theme that year was “Visions of the Nations” and the float at the right in the photograph—the Viking ship—was the krewe’s representation of Sweden. Since this is the only one of the Mardi Gras photographs in this exhibit that shows floats, it is the only one that we can date definitively. We have to rely on Allison for the other date identifications; his mistake here, alas, casts some doubt on his overall accuracy.

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