The Harlequin
J. M. Leveque published The Harlequin in New Orleans from 1899-1909 (the Louisiana Division owns a copy of volume one, 1899-1900). Leveque's letterhead provides a good idea of what his magazine was all about (the Times Democrat described the weekly as "an illustrated journal of gossip, criticism and general light literature"), but it is the body of his letter to Mayor Behrman that is particularly interesting, highlighting as it does the custom of throwing confetti during carnival parades, a practice that later developed into the present-day tradition of throwing beads, doubloons, and a myriad of other trinkets and keepsakes by the thousands.

Click HERE to read side two of Leveque's letter.

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