Tuesday, February 24, 2015

1953 post card offer

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 219 is the Jacob Streiffer post card collection, 1900-1960s.  This collection, arranged into small envelopes in one box, by general subject, consists of printed post cards collected by Jacob Streiffer (1902-1969) of New Orleans, who lived at homes on St. Roch Ave. in Gentilly, and later Decatur St. . Most of these post cards date from the early twentieth century and depict street and garden scenes, including of Audubon Park and City Park, the French Quarter, monuments, cemeteries, Carnival, riverfront and other New Orleans views, and African Americans. The post cards in this collection are predominantly drawings or photographs printed in color and unmailed, but a few of the later cards have handwritten or printed messages and were sent through the mail to Jacob Streiffer or his wife.

Caption:  a post card mailed to Mrs. J. Streiffer, March 9, 1953, announces a special offer at the Gentilly Meat Market, 5321 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, La.: 
9th - 10th - 11th ONLY

(from Jacob Streiffer post card collection, 1900-1960s, Manuscripts Collection 219, Box 1)
The Gentilly Meat Market had the same address and was possibly located in the same structure of various more recent storefront businesses in this area; see this Google street view shot showing Cousin's Seafood in July 2014.   Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mardi Gras weekend

The Schiro Reading Room will be closed Saturday, February 14 – Tuesday, February 17, 2015.   For weekend hours of the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building, see the hours listing on the library web site.   Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras are Tulane University holidays.

To learn about New Orleans Carnival celebrations of the past, please visit the online Carnival Collection, featuring images of more than 5,500 original float and costume designs held in the Louisiana Research Collection.   The digitized collection ensures preservation of these colorful creative images, and provides open access across the world.   

Have a happy and safe Mardi Gras!

Caption: Krewe of Proteus 1892, costume 33, as preserved in the online Carnival Collection, Louisiana Digital Library and the Tulane Digital Library.   For more about the 1892 Proteus parade costume designs, see Storehouse, featuring Leon Miller's descriptive narration.  Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tokens of love

Long-saved Valentines in Bowman family papers, 1815-1972
 (Manuscripts Collection 175, Box 1, Folder 8) 

The Bowman family papers include a wide variety of subjects and types of archival items which had been collected over most of two centuries.  The family kept handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, Valentines and other greeting cards, telegrams, diaries, legal and financial documents, diplomas, certificates, a railroad map, medical papers, life insurance documents, a 1918 passport of Ruth Green Bowman, French World War I rationing stamps for bread, American Red Cross papers, poetry, sheet music, church programs, calling cards and other items of social ephemera including mounted flowers and plants, a pipe, photographs, negatives and contact prints, newspaper clippings and other printed items. An 1815 letter concerns the Battle of New Orleans.  Some text is in French, and typed transcriptions accompany some documents, which always helps with legibility. Photographs in the collection depict scenes from World War I; the Alaskan photographs include portraits of Native Americans; the volume holds uncaptioned candid group photographs dated 1972.

Bowman family members lived in Baltimore and New Orleans from the early nineteenth to at least the late twentieth century. Ruth Green Bowman attended New Orleans public schools at the turn of the century; during World War I, she worked with the American Red Cross in France. In the 1910s, Hullin S. Mott went on a Canadian Arctic Expedition and an Alaskan Polar Bear Expedition. Ruth Bowman later married Hullin S. Mott. Ruth Mott attended a literary workshop in 1954. Other individuals and families represented in this collection include: Cottman, Hoffman, Gumbel, Springer, Kenner and Woodruff.

Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers