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From Mardi Gras to the Port, early images of NOLA

Vintage photos of New Orleans live on the Library of Congress website

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The 1900 Mardi Gras comes to life on the Library of Congress website, including the image below taken by the Detroit Publishing Co.


Mardi Gras crowd on Canal Street in 1900 (Detroit Publishing Co., Library of Congress)

The digital collection includes images from the Port of New Orleans to the city's historical architectural features.   The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, according to the website, with "millions of books, recordings, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in various collections."

The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Here are more vintage images of NOLA:

A worker unloads bananas from a ship in the port in this 1920 image (Library of Congress)

The Cotton Exchange, captured sometime between 1890 and 1901 (Library of Congress)

The Imperial Steamboat as seen along the New Orleans riverfront sometime between 1890 and 1901 (Library of Congress)

A courtyard in New Orleans captured by photographer Arnold Genthe in 1920 (Library of Congress)

Rex arrives on the New Orleans riverfront aboard the U.S.S. Galveston in 1900 (Library of Congress)

Canal Street in 1901 (Library of Congress)

Photographer John Vachon captured this truck driver in New Orleans in 1940 (Library of Congress)

Workers leave the Higgins Shipyard at the height of World War II in this 1943 image (Library of Congress)

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