What Did New Orleans Look Like in the 1950s?

We posted one photo of the French Quarter as it looked in 1956. (Also, if you’re curious, here’s a lithograph of what the city looked like in 1852). What did New Orleans look like in the 1950s? Take a look for yourself.

Well, here is a series of photos that we found showing the city as it looked throughout the decade of the 1950s.

December 11, 1951. Pontalba building along north east side Jackson Square. St. Ann Street from Decatur.

December 12, 1951. St. Charles hotel on St. Charles at Gravier.

December 12, 1951. Pedestrian crossing St. Charles Street.

December 12, 1951. 600 block of Dumaine street.

Here is a similar view today on Google Street View.

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December 14, 1951. Deep, 2-story frame house unpainted, with high pillars on Esplanade Avenue at Miro Street.

December 15, 1951. 600 block of Dauphine from St. Louis Street in the morning.

And for the above photo, here’s the Google Street View of Dauphine.

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January 8, 1959. Maylie Restaurant. Poydras street.

January 10, 1959. Tenements on Annunciation near Melpomene.

Source: Charles W. Cushman collection