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April 2004

Art Work of New Orleans was published in 1895 in twelve parts by the W.H. Parish Publishing Co. of Chicago. The New Orleans volume was only one in a large series of "Art Work of" books published by that company in the 1890s. Similar multi-part volumes also exist for many other large U.S. cities (among them Cleveland, Savannah, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, Boston, Memphis, Omaha, Charleston) and for a number of smaller cities and rural locations (Kalamazoo, Staten Island, Augusta, Kane County, IL, Lake Huron Shore).

Art Work of New Orleans includes more than 100 photographs of late 19th-century New Orleans -- public and commercial buildings, churches, parks, residences, cemeteries, waterways and shorelines, hotels, clubs, streets, schools, institutions and hospitals. The volume's text, written by John R. Ficklen, Professor of History at Tulane University, gives a brief history of New Orleans and describes the city's economic, social and cultural life as it existed in 1895.

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