New Orleans? 1963. Very Good-. Item #28031
New Orleans?: ca. 1960-1965. Large oblong quarto (27x41cm.); brown gilt-tooled leatherette bound with leather strap; ll. to which are mounted 311 photographic snapshots (nearly all black and white and measuring 8.5x8.5cm). Album a bit scuffed at extremities, joints significantly cracked from use and poor quality of leatherette, leaves a bit thumbed along fore-edge margins, a number of photographs apparently removed, though otherwise Good to Very Good, contents that remain mostly in fine condition.
Extensive though sadly uncaptioned personal photo album of a young white woman in New Orleans in the early to mid-1960s documenting her social, family, and work life (date based on shots time-stamped 1963 and 1964). What we have gathered from the contents, the compiler worked at least briefly as a server at a diner whose staff was mixed-race though still separated by position: the servers all appear to be white while the grill cooks and kitchen staff are Black.
Of special note are the compiler's frequent trips to the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park in New Orleans, a popular destination in the 1960s, though the park was sold and its rides disbursed in the 1980s due to declining attendance. This album, however, beautifully captures its heyday, including shots of the rides, carnival games, swimming pool, tiki bar, and, a perennial favorite, an oversized head inside of which our compiler loved to pose.
The compiler, as well as being a dog-lover, was evidently a serious party-goer and additional snapshot vignettes capture various couples making out at a New Year's party or dressed up for Halloween.
An excellent record of white New Orleans working class life marking the advent of the Swinging Sixties.