Friday, February 13, 2015

91. Photographer Lee Estes, Part 1

91.  Part 1 of our interview with photographer Lee Estes.  "A resident of Monroe, Louisiana, for more than half a century, photographer Lee Estes is best known for his precise and extensive black-and-white documentation of vernacular subjects, especially architecture" (KnowLA). 
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 15, 1956. Fed. Judge J. Skelly Wright orders desegregation of N.O. schools with "all deliberate speed."
  2. This week in New Orleans history. February 14, 1915. Mayer Israel passes away. His Canal Street clothing store was a fixture in downtown New Orleans from 1906 until it closed in the late 1950s. Born on March 12, 1857, Mayer Israel, as a young man, entered the business of his uncle Leon Godchaux (Leon Godchaux's Clothing Company).
    At age 22, in 1891 he purchased the clothing house of H.D. McGown. In 1906, he moved the store to 706 Canal, and in 1910, he purchased the property at 714 Canal and had a new structure built on the site. The store later expanded into 716 Canal as well. It operated as Mayer Israel & Company.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
    Angela King Gallery
    241 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 70130
    Saturday, February 14, 2015
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
    Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
    In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," a touring exhibit makes a stop in New Orleans with prints and sculpture from the "Art of Dr. Seuss" collection, plus never-before-seen hats from Ted Geisel's private collection.
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