1927 L & C Mardi Gras voyage prices and accommodations

Prices for this 18 day voyage range from $155 to $255.   “The price includes meals and berth f0r the round trip, as well as use of the boat, berth and breakfast while in port at New Orleans.”L & C  p14 & 15L & C  p16 & 17

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1927 L &C Mardi Gras brochure pages 9 – 14

L & C p 9 & 10

L & C  p11 & 12

L & C  p13 & 14

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1927 Louisville and Cincinnati Mardi Gras pages 4 – 8

L&C 1927 p 4 and 5L&C 1927 p 5 and 6L&C 1927 p 7 and 8

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1927 Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Mardi Gras by boat

Recently this colorful 1927 L&C Steamers Mardi Gras by boat brochure was purchased from an EBay seller.    The Lee Line ran Mardi Gras excursions prior to its liquidation in 1926.   The period art and narrative is of interest to lovers of steamboat history and travel.  Over the next several days, I will add more pages from this beautiful Art Deco brochure.

L & C cover

L&C 1927 p 2 and 3

 

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Jay Gould railroad magnate buys property in Memphis Oct. 26, 1889

The Memphis Commercial Appeal Mid-South Memories section Sunday October 26, 2014 reported the following for October 26, 1889, “Jay Gould has again demonstrated his faith in Memphis by purchasing, for $28,000, a tract, 137 by 340 feet, on Sixth in Fort Pickering to be used as terminal facilities for his St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad.  The land was conveyed to Gould by T.H. and J.D. Milburn, John M. Farrington, D.P. Hadden and Capt. James Lee.”

The following link gives some history on Jay Gould.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Gould

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James Lee House 690 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN

Here is a link to the fabulous James Lee House Bed and Breakfast.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-James-Lee-House/167165240041348?ref=profile

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REES LEE passenger cabin

This is the last picture from the set of glass negatives showing the REES LEE taking on a load of cotton.

REES LEE passenger cabin

REES LEE passenger cabin

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Bohlen-Huse Machine and Lake Ice Co.

April 1913 Bohlen-Huse Ice Co.

April 1913 Bohlen-Huse Ice Co.

Sometime in the mid 1880’s James Lee Jr. diversified the family business by adding the Bohlen-Huse Machine and Lake Ice Co. to his successful enterprises.  This company was founded in 1850 and became the largest ice business in Memphis under family management.  During the Bohlen-Huse early years, ice was harvested from northern lakes during the winter and barged down the Mississippi River to Memphis.  An early advertisement for the company let the public know that between 5 and 6,000 tons of ice would be available for sale.  By the mid 1890’s large quantities of ice were manufactured at the companies facilities.  Sales of coal helped balance the companies revenue during the winter.  This picture of company wagons was taken around April 1913 following a flood of the companies factory and ice houses on Court Ave. Memphis.  The flood of 1913 involved the Ohio as well as the Mississippi and caused massive damage to both river basins.   A Memphis couple who cared for my fathers first cousin Rowena Lee graciously allowed me to copy these great pictures

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REES LEE at Memphis wharf boat 5th glass negative

This is the 5th and final REES LEE picture from the recently purchased glass negatives.  Besides the boat and wharf boat, there are several other things of interest.  The first is on the rail road bridge in the background where a locomotive is on the left of the bridge.  The second thing of interest is the car on the cobble stones near the left edge of the picture.  Closer examination of the car reveals a cloth top.  Perhaps someone with much greater knowledge about period cars could properly identify the make and model and perhaps year of manufacture.  Several years ago, the Memphis Commercial Appeal Mid-South Memories column reported my great uncles Robert E Lee and Bayliss Lee were 2 of 10 Memphians who owned automobiles.

Lee 9-4 006print

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REES LEE loading cotton

This picture is the 4th of 5 pictures of the REES LEE reproduced from a glass negative.

Lee 9-4 002print

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