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Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, New Orleans was at the center of a crisscrossing network of global trade routes.The city’s retail stores were filled with goods from New York, Boston, Cincinnati, England, France, Germany, and other manufacturing centers around the world, making New Orleans a popular shopping destination. From the china and silver shops on Chartres Street, down Furniture Row on Royal Street, to the colossal luxury and department stores along Canal Street, the world’s latest fashions converged in the shops lining the city’s muddy thoroughfares. Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925 invites visitors to peer into 19th- and early 20th-century shopwindows and see the variety of goods available in the cosmopolitan Crescent City.

Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925
September 23, 2016–April 9, 2017

533 Royal Street
Admission is free.

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“A Collector’s Quest,” a presentation and book signing with Asian art collector Diane Genre and editor John E. Vollmer
Saturday, October  8, 2016 | 2 – 4 p.m.
533 Royal Street
Admission is free. Reservations: wrc@hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662
Collector and former Royal Street gallery owner Diane Genre will speak about her experiences in studying Asian textiles and her contribution to the new book Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles (5 Continents, 2016). She will be joined by the book’s editor, John E. Vollmer, for a signing.

Above: A. B. Griswold and Co. advertisement; by John William Orr, engraver; wood engraving from Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated; New Orleans, 1874; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1951.41.23

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