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ST. CHARLES AVENUE STREETCAR ORNAMENT
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ST. CHARLES AVENUE STREETCAR ORNAMENT

$45.00
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Designed by Landmark Creations.
Packaged in white box with acid free tissue.
2.5" Tall.

Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, was published in 1947. During this era of post-war prosperity, buses and cars were taking the place of many New Orleans streetcars. Within just a few years, only two lines were left in New Orleans, the St. Charles and the Canal. This was quite a comedown from the streetcars' heyday, when there were 28 lines. Back then, even the nocturnal "Owl" service, which ran from midnight until 5 am, was so popular that it prompted one visitor to exclaim, "New Orleanians must be human bats!" These streetcars seemed to capture the very essence and charm of New Orleans. Symbolically, just as Tennessee Williams' rough Stanley Kowalski clashed with Blanche Du Bois' Southern gentility, the harsh realities of modern life and technological progress almost put the remaining streetcar lines out of service. Fortunately, a group called the Streetcars Desired saved its beloved streetcar lines.

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A unique museum gift shop located in the French Quarter that offers reproduction maps and prints, jewelry and gifts by local artists and our own publications as well as many other titles related to the culture and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Many of the items in this shop can only be found at The Historic New Orleans Collection. This gift shop features reproduction items from our collections that are educational and exclusive.