Alexander Allison's New Orleans
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Canal Street at Camp-Chartres Crossing -- Other Military Escorts, 1908

The massiveness of the Mardi Gras crowd on Canal Street is quite apparent in this photograph. Allison took several other shots (not included in this exhibit) at this location; they show more mature military units instead the youngsters—cadets, perhaps—pictured here. All of the photographs show the original Godchaux’s department store at Canal and Chartres Streets; this one also shows the May’s Drug Store on the opposite corner. The former structure was long ago demolished; its site is now occupied by the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. The May’s building still stands, but it has been many years since the old drug store operated therein.

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