Joseph H. Epstein, Jr., collection of New Orleans commercial real estate photographs, circa 1930 - 1965

1510 St. Charles Ave.
Margaret Epstein has donated the photograph collection of her late husband, Joseph H. Epstein, Jr., to the Louisiana Research Collection. It comprises roughly 600 photographs (about 1 linear foot) spanning the 1930s through the early 1960s. Mr. Epstein saved the photographs from being discarded while working as a commercial realtor for Latter and Blum Inc. All but two of the photos are from the East Bank of New Orleans and almost all are exterior scenes recording street life. Some include lot descriptions, price, or rental income. The great majority were taken by Charles L. Franck. Click to enlarge the photos.

1617 Orleans
A New Orleans native, Joseph Hugo Epstein, Jr., (1932 – 2018) attended Isidore Newman School and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors in journalism. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. PCE 904 and was its Commanding Officer at the time of decommissioning. After his military service, he returned to New Orleans and joined his father at Fitzgerald Advertising Agency. From Fitzgerald, he continued his advertising career with Walker Saussy Advertising, William B. Reily and Bauerlein. Subsequently, he enjoyed a second career in commercial real estate as a broker with Latter and Blum.

517 Touolouse
 Epstein taught evening classes in advertising and marketing at Loyola University and Tulane University. An active member of the community, he served on many boards including the Advertising Club of New Orleans, Anti-Defamation League, Boy Scouts of America, Cottage School, Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, Interracial Council for Business Opportunities, Jewish Children's Home Service, Junior Achievement, Mayor's Citizen's Advisory Committee, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Mayor's Citizens Advisory Committee of Housing Improvement, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans Cultural Attractions Fund, New Orleans Development Services, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Advisory Service, Rotary Club of New Orleans, Temple Sinai, Touro Infirmary, and United Way for Greater New Orleans.

Unidentified! Can you help us identify this photo?


  1. this looks like a wonderful collection! Please announce when it is ready to be viewed. sp

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  5. the unidentified photo looks as though it could be the site of a current gas station on the riverside of St. Charles Ave. at Carrollton Ave.


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