Come on everybody take a trip with me
Down the Mississippi, down to New Orleans“I hope this finds you well! My mom and I are in New Orleans! Had to send you a post-card for the Snail collection! Today we went on a city tour and saw the Garden District and the St. Louis Cemetery #3! I Gotta re-write my short story now! This city is so [paper torn] and inspiring. I’ll call you when I get home!”Postage stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. Part of the War of 1812, American forces under Major General Andrew Jackson prevented the British Army and Royal Navy from seizing New Orleans and thwarting American westward expansion (among pettier things).
2006 oil painting by Joan Griswold of Faulkner House Books.
This fine bookstore is located on the first floor of an 1840 house in the French Quarter’s Pirate’s Alley. In 1925, when he was 27 years-old, William Faulkner rented rooms on the same floor of what was then a boarding house. There he wrote many reflections on New Orleans, and also his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay.
Faulkner House Books is very supportive of current regional authors, offering new gems on Louisiana history, Creole culture and many a cookbook. Of course it’s the place to go for works by and about Faulkner and other literary lions such as Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, and Anne Rice, who were deeply influenced by the Big Easy and visa-versa.
While I don’t have any Mardi Gras postcards of my own to share, there are some exquisite vintage ones out there. This print company blog shows a nice selection.