A chromolithograph of a Canal Street, with street cars, horse-drawn convenances, sidewalk crowds, a monumental statue, and a streetscape of 2- 5- story building. Some of the buidings have the iron work balconies. A Southern Pacific building appears on the left.
The main street of New Orleans in the late 19th century. African Americans are not prominent, despite their heavy percentage in the population. A good deal of signage is visible and readable.
An excellent example of chromolithography, an early color process. Overhead wires for trolleys, telegraph and electric lines appear prominently on both sides of Canal Street. Southern Pacific may have used its building as a telegraphic and ticket center.
The architecture revealed in the photograph varies from vernacular brick structures to cast-iron fronts and Beaux-Arts business blocks, reflecting New Orleans' long and complex history.