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Parking Lot Series: Mid-1950s New Orleans, Louisiana

Today’s featured images were taken from high above Camp and Common Streets in New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1954. The name of this parking lot or its operator is unknown. The small eatery located in the far-right corner of the lot is the Trade Mart Grille. Note the Nash billboard in the center of the wall behind the facility.

The enlargeable photos (below) give an excellent view of all the cars and one truck parked in the lot. Apparently, a glass-topped Ford Crestline Skyliner is parked on a platform located in the front corner of the lot to attract attention. A second photo (below) taken from the backside appears to have taken been taken on the same day.

Please share with us what you find of interest in the photos courtesy of the Louisiana State Library.

New Orleans Car Parking Lot 1950s 2

  • A rear view of the lot (below) gives a different perspective to the scene and the City.

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15 responses to “Parking Lot Series: Mid-1950s New Orleans, Louisiana

  1. 1st. photo, 1954 Ford Skyliner with Coronado tire kit. On the front row is a 1953 Chevrolet 150, and a 1947? Nash driving down the street.

  2. In the Lead Photo in the street to the right a ’54 Dodge Coronet sedan, a ’51 Ford Country Squire wagon and likely ’51 Mercury. In the street down front a ’54 Ford Customline or Crestline Fordor Sedan. The row facing to the right, a ’54 Ford Crestline Skyliner,, a ’53 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe, a ’54 Imperial Custom Sedan, a ’54 Chevy One-Fifty 2-dr sedan with an altered grille bar and lights, a ’53 DeSoto Firedome Sedan, a ’53 Lincoln Capri Coupe, probably ’51 Plymouth Cranbrook or Cambridge Sedan and a ’54 or ’55 Studebaker Conestoga wagon.

    Of interest among the cars facing left, 4th car up a light ’47 or ’48 Buick Super (going by its shorter apparent length in Item 2 of 2) convertible and 9th car, a ’46-’48 DeSoto Custom 7-passenger Sedan or Limousine next to perhaps a ’53 Packard Clipper…with a Henry J coupe at the far end.
    Midway along the 2nd row from the back, next to a light ’53 Senior Buick Riviera Sedan appears to be a white over dark ’47-49 Studebaker convertible. I can’t distinguish the grille/year but it seems to be the shorter Champion Regal version.

    Of some note in Item 2 of 2, what appears to be a ’54 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Catalina about to enter the intersection

  3. I’m puzzled by the billboard hawking a Nash sedan for $1550 as that’s a good $5-600 less than it would be for even a new 108” w/b Rambler sedan…it would have to be a used or leftover model.

  4. I see that Billy Graham was coming to Pelican Stadium. Picture the Trade Mart Grill as a family’s onetime home on a residential street that against all odds survived as the city grew up around it.

  5. In the lead picture, in the parking lot facing left, 4th car back, is a 1947 or ’48 BUICK convertible [as pointed out by Pat W above]. In the 2nd expandable picture this BUICK convertible is in the same location, so I’m guessing the photographs were taken within a short time of each other.

  6. The locaton was one of the Dixie Parking Service branches at 200 Camp Street. The Trade Mart Grille was at 210 Camp Street. It appears the streets have been renumbered.

  7. I can’t see even one 1955 vehicle but there are several ’54’s. So I’m guessing the photo is from late 1953 or early 1954. Either way I was 12 years old and I bet I could name every car in that lot then. A great time for a young car nut to grow up.

  8. In the top pic, it’s odd only one what I would call a “jalopy”, and what looks like a telephone linemans truck, just made it, not sure where they are going to put the car turning in, truck on the street is an IH, L or R series. Bottom pic, another Chrysler limo, a Willys station wagon, and a crummy day in N’orleans.

  9. Billy Graham held meetings at the Pelican Stadium beginning Oct. 3, 1954. It l
    looks fall-ish and the billboard would be up in the Fall.

  10. Imagine the lot attendant having to account for the keys for the cars blocking other cars?
    And of the fun of moving a few of them to release just one? I would think he had the owners who believed they would leave the latest in the back, hopefully. What fun.

  11. The parking lot at 200 Camp street still exists, as do a lot of the buildings in the photo. The grille appears to be a later building or one moved to the site. Notice the “ghosts” of floor joists in the wall of the building on the right in this first photo, form a demolished building. Embedding joists in the brick of a common building wall was a common practice when these buildings were constructed.

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