Our November Gallery features photographs from an album donated to
the Louisiana Division in 1992 by Mrs. Estrella Nunez Amardeil. The 3 1/2 x 5 inch and 5 x 7 inch black
and white shots -- 237 in number -- were taken by her husband, Emile William Amardeil between 1922 and 1943 (most of them
in 1941 and 1942).
Emile William Amardeil was born in New Orleans in 1900 and died there on December 28, 1979 and was
buried in Hope Mausoleum. We know little about him except that he worked as clerk at the Whitney
National Bank and was a parishioner of St. James Major Catholic Church. The photographs in Mr.
Amardeil's album include scenes in New Orleans' City Park and Audubon Park, "holiday" shots taken at
such places as the Bogue Falaya State Park, St. Joseph's Abbey, Fort Pike, at Sulfur Springs, the banks
of Lake Pontchartrain near the Rigolets, the mouth of the Tchefuncte River
and the Smokey Mountains. Mr. Amardeil also photographed collegiate and high school sporting events
both locally and on the road and various events at City Park Stadium and elsewhere around town. All of the
photographs in the album are carefully labelled and dated in beautiful ornate script. Mr. Amardeil's captions
are quoted at the top of each image in the pages that follow.