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I always do) immensely amusing.
Oldish, ricketty houses, balconies and
out of door galleries, festoons of clothing,
shops of all kinds, and of every degree
of dingyness, kennels already festering
in the sultry weather, a jumble of
Mammouth Street, London, and certain
portions of old Paris, this quartier
is as unlike anything in the north
as could be imagined.   One shop
we visited, a photographic establish-
ment kept by a Frenchman.      It was
a corner-house, its exterior presenting
a curious appearance, an abortive
sign on canvas being divided by a
bulk or some projection, and the
latter half being reversed   perhaps
for the accommodation of the angels.
A shabby canvas screen also converted
a ricketty gallery into a sort of apart-
ment, perhaps for photographic opera-
tions.   The window below displayed
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page ninety-four
Description:Describes exploring the French quarter of New Orleans with Frank Schell.
Date:1863-03-04
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Schell, Frank H.
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ''The New York Tribune'' at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.