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Four arial photographs of the Lakefront Airport, Lakeview area and City Park; including the stadium and the Roosevelt Mall.

The remaining prints are from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to New Orleans on April 29, 1937.  President Roosevelt was traveling by train from Washington D.C. to New Orleans to board the USS Moffett for a fishing cruise in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. While in the city, the President ate at Antoines and rode in a parade through parts of New Orleans and Metairie in his car. The President then participated in brief ceremony and dedication at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mall in City Park, before driving to the wharf.

Also included in this collection are photographs of President Roosevelt eating lunch with city officials.  While the luncheon took place on the same day as the photographs taken by E.S. Martin, the original photographs were not taken by him.  These images would have appeared in the newspaper and been taken by another photographer.

Earl Samuel (E.S.) Martin was born in 1910 in Plattenville, Louisiana and passed away on August 5, 1986 in New Orleans. Mr. Martin worked for a period of time as a photographer for the Works Progress Administration in New Orleans. As a result of this employment some images contained in the WPA Photograph Collection may have been photographed by him.

 

The photographs were donated to the library by his daughter, Judith L. Martin, in 1988.

 
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