Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Mystic Krewe of Comus, The Pickwick Club New Vintage Post Cards

New items added to our Zazzle MindsiMedia store 1/20/2014

  As Mardi Gras approaches at MindsiMedia we continue to explore this New Orleans signature event. You see I’m based in Chicago’s western suburbs and this time of year it’s all about snow, wind and cold. So I’m thinking of warmer climes and funky good times. And that to me spells the Crescent City.
So adding to our previous post about Mardi Gras 1941 is this update. We have added four new post card designs to our inventory add the MindsiMedia shop on Zazzle. They are three photos and an illustration from around Canal St. in New Orleans during Mardi Gras ranging in date from 1867 to 1908.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade 1900
A look at Mardi Gras in New Orleans from 1900 is in this public domain photo. The statue in the upper left area of the photo is of Henry Clay and has been moved to its present location in Lafayette Park.

The Mystic Krewe of Comus On Parade 1867
The New Orleans Mardi Gras parade by Mystic Krewe of Comus from 1867 is the subject of the public domain illustration. Comus are one of New Orleans oldest Krewes the organizations that organize the balls and run the parades. Comus were the first Krewe to parade with torches and floats. The theme of their parade that year was “The Triumph of Epicurus” with each member of the parade dressed to represent an item of food or drink. They presented an entire menu on parade all done without carts or floats because of post wartime restrictions.

New Orleans at Night, 1903
Here's another in our historic looks at old New Orleans. This public domain photo shows an unnamed "hotel" newly illuminated in 1903. 

The Pickwick Club New Orleans On Canal Street   
Here is a historic photo of one of New Orleans oldest and more notorious private clubs, The Pickwick. What makes this card special is that it taken at the clubs original location. The club staffs many of the old line Mardi Gras Krewes and has a history of exclusion. In 1936 the owner of the building a Jewish pawnbroker known as Money-Bags Fertel refused to renew the lease because the club didn't allow Jews. To read more about the Pickwick and other off the beaten path New Orleans spots check out this blog post. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-orleans-beyond-bourbon-street-48566775/

If you’re interested in the early of Mardi Gras in New Orleans I have a copy of “Mardi Gras ....As It Was” by Robert Tallant for sale at 20th Century Retro. 

And of course this is all presented by MindsiMedia.info

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