Monday, September 14, 2009

Old Sailor

New Orleans week continues here on OPOD with this picture of an old sailor. The picture was taken in 1935 in Jackson Square. You never know for sure if the person is a local or a tourist, but my bet is that he is a local.


  1. Was there much tourism in New Orleans in 1935? Before air conditioning?

  2. Not to change the subject, but I did a little research.
    Just a few ACTUAL facts about the Great Chicago Ferris Wheel.
    Opened in 6/21 1893. Max. capacity was 2160 passengers. There were 38 chairs for the 60 people in each car. One door on each end.
    It had 6 loading platforms and made 6 stops to unload and reload riders. Then it made one full turn that took 9 minutes and then started to reload riders.
    It closed in 11/6 1893 and had a total of 1,453,611 riders at 50 cents a ride.
    The Chicago's World's Fair ended in 1893 and it was move the first time in 1895. Then it was sold for scrap of $1,800 in 1903.
    But it was moved to ST. Louis in 1904 for their expo. Then it was blown up in 1906.
    No one ever died on it, or jumped from it.

  3. This is one of the best portrait photos you have posted in a long time.

    This man is so striking. Is he tired? Is he sad? Is he just glancing away for a moment? Who is he? We don't know. But he captured us for a moment.

  4. Thanks. Very interesting about the ferris wheel. I would have like to ride it.

  5. How do we know that this man is a sailor?

  6. Yes, Anon... New Orleans has always attracted tourists. One can view the Chalmette Battlefield, where Battle of New Orleans took place, ride a riverboat down The Mississippi and as PJM stated yesterday, one of the better Civil War Museums in the country! We N.O. folk love life, love our food, love our drink, parades, festivals and share each one of these with Our Nation and the world. I took part in The World's Fair, 1984....What an event! Please visit my hometown whenever ya get da chance! kj

  7. kjunjo,
    We all know there has always been interesting things to see & eat in New orleans.
    The question was HOW MUCH tourism in New Orleans in the 1930's?

  8. aha, I wondered how we know the old gentleman was a sailor...
    I found a high res file of the photo here, and photo credits

  9. Thanks for keeping me on subject, Anon! What I meant to say was these things I mentioned were there in 1930 and still are today. Attracted tourists then as well as now. Maybe with ease of travel, tourism is easier/better today, but did exist 80 yrs ago. Thanks for the response!! kj

  10. He looks like my neighbour :)
    Greetings from Poland :)


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