Friday, November 27, 2009

Looking Back At The French Market

Although the oldest structures date from 1813 (the year before Old Hickory and his ragtag soldiers defeated the British in the incredible, legendary Battle of New Orleans), the French Market in New Orleans has been an active market since 1791. Many of the buildings were renovated by the WPA during the 1930's Great Depression. These two photographs are circa 1900 and courtesy of the Detroit Publishing Company.

What were open air markets are today enclosed buildings housing shops and restaurants catering mainly to the tourist trade.


Tracy said...

Very interesting... Open markets seem to be disappearing. I was reading about how they are in Italy and other places famous for open markets, as supermarkets and gigantic shopping centers take over... sad really, what was once and important part of daily life dies out. Sorry didn't mean to go all gloomy...but it's true! Happy Weekend, Golden West :o) ((HUGS))

Rachel Fenton said...

Open markets are disappearing the world over: just as food is more and more only available in bags, so the places to buy it are inside containers, too. What next? Will we all start wearing diving bells?