The French Market in New Orleans, 1906
This image, colorized by Sanna Dullaway, shows what the historic French Market looked like early in 1900. The corner today is Place de France. In the forefront of the picture, we can see the fruits and vegetables for sale, and, if you look closely, you can distinguish the prices. The covered wagon indicates that it is for a ship chandler and grocer. And one of the buildings across from the market is Garic’s Bakery. The French Market has a history that stretches back before New Orleans was founded in 1718, when the current French Market was a Native American trading post next to the Mississippi.
The Spanish built the first Market building on the corner of Chartres and Dumaine Streets. They moved it to a site on Decatur Street in 1790, but hurricanes destroyed the buildings on the site. During the first part of the 19th Century, the French Market was along one of the busiest ports in the world. It was a bustling place where people of all sorts sold their wares, and it was noteworthy for its filth.