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Joseph S. Tate (1894-1963), a 1917 graduate of West Point and a field artillery officer who served in both World Wars, was commanding officer of the Louisiana military district in 1950.  A photograph album that belonged to him comprises this digital collection.

 

The album, now unbound, contains 103 black and white prints mounted on paper.  The images show scenes from several locations in Louisiana during the 1920s, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, St. Martinville, Morgan City, Avery Island, and Franklin.  The New Orleans images show scenes of Mardi Gras, The Vieux Carré, buildings, and architectural details.  There are also photos of Bayous scenes, particularly Bayou Teche.  Children and wildlife appear in some of the photos.  In addition, there is a group of logging industry images showing workers, roads, and equipment.  Another group of photos was taken along Louisiana coastal areas and depicts oyster and shrimp fishermen, their boats, nets, camps, activities, and families.

 

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