A group dressed as characters from "The Wizard of Oz” (left) and another dressed in sunflower costumes take part in the 1955 Mardi Gras parade.
A Jazz musician named Joe Anderson sings a tune with a blanket on his head, at a New Orleans night club in 1947 (left). Jazz trumpeter George Girard is seen performing at the Famous Door bar on Bourbon St. in 1955 (right). After 82 years in business, the Famous Door is still operating today.
A couple peer into the entrance of the Famous Door bar during a night stroll in 1955 (left). Inside a New Orleans bar, a woman entertains the patrons with a strip tease on the bar counter, 1947 (right).
Known by her stage name "Kalantan", a showgirl performs at the 500 Club in 1955 (left). To the right, showgirl Thana Barclay prepares for the Mardi Gras masquerade in the Latin Quarter with Lou Stoner of the musical group, the Radio Aces (right).
A typical scene amid the intricate iron work balconies of the French Quarter in June, 1962 (left). Jazz trumpeter Ernest 'Punch' Miller rests in the New Orleans shade with his instrument in hand, 1962 (right).
An artist sketches St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, 1960 (left). A New Orleans marching band performs in the street during a carnival pageant in 1940 (right).
While Bourbon Street in 1960 remains relatively quiet during the day, at night it's a bustling nightlife scene (left). Retail vegetable markets line the Decatur Street side of the French Market in 1960 (right).