South Grand Street Covered in Snow, circa 1870.

The above photo has been reproduced several times through the years. I don't know where the original is, or even if it is still in existence. According to the caption, this shows South Grand Street in 1870 after a snow. The bottom right bare lot is where the Austin's building now stands. The perspective leaves … Continue reading South Grand Street Covered in Snow, circa 1870.

A Photographer’s View of Monroe in the 1980’s

The Library of Congress has a collection of photographs taken by John Margolis. Among his stops in 1982 was Monroe. I found this particular photo: https://www.loc.gov/resource/mrg.04492/ interesting, since the building isn't there anymore. If I remember correctly, it fell into South Grand Street and had to be demolished. You can see Austin's building right next … Continue reading A Photographer’s View of Monroe in the 1980’s

Western Union Messenger Boys

This is one of the treasures we got last week! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A485 This shows a line of messenger boys in front of the old Western Union in the 1920s. Western Union was located at 122 South Grand Street. What blew me away was the business next door, Coney Island! I really believe this was the very … Continue reading Western Union Messenger Boys