Carrollton Centennial Monument.

This obelisk-style stone monument really towers over my Puch Maxi. It was placed in Palmer Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Carrollton. The week-long celebration began on March 11, 1945 and included speeches, music, and parades. It was rather quiet on the day of my visit…maybe plans are underway for 175th anniversary celebration?

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Shrine

The statue of Our Lady under the title of “Our Lady of Prompt Succor” came to New Orleans in 1810. It was placed in the monastery chapel of the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. Prayers for deliverance from wars, fire, pestilence, disease, storms, despair, and hopelessness were made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor—known as Our Lady of Quick Help. In gratitude for the miracle of America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, the Ursulines celebrate an annual mass of thanksgiving on January 8, the feast day of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (which has now occurred for over 200 years). The statue moved to the National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, on the same property as Ursuline Academy, in 1928. Our Lady of Prompt Succor is the Principal Patroness of the City of New Orleans and of the State of Louisiana.

Puch Maxi and Perley Thomas Streetcar.

The St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line is generally viewed as the world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar line. It began with a horse- and mule-drawn car in 1835, evolved to steam, and became electric in 1893. The classic green and crimson Perley Thomas 900 series design first appeared on the line in 1923. In 1971, the St. Charles line was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is the operator of the streetcars. They maintain a parts shop capable of producing a fully functional replica of a Perley Thomas streetcar from scratch to maintain the cars and make replacement parts. The streetcar’s top speed is 35 miles an hour and its average speed is 20 mph. Hmm…reminds me of a vintage Puch Maxi.

Puch Maxi with a 5”/51 Naval Gun.


On the campus of Tulane, in front of the Navy ROTC building, is a naval 5″/51 caliber cannon. This gun initially served as the secondary armament of United States Navy battleships built from 1907 through the 1920s. It fired a projectile 5-inch (127 mm) in diameter and the barrel was 51 calibers long. Designed to engage destroyers, torpedo boats, and other surface targets, it entered service in 1911. However, with many of these guns, it was removed soon after commission as it got too wet. This surviving example has been in its location for more than 50 years.

New Orleans Kiwanis Club memory.

This piece of granite sits at the intersection of South Claiborne and Nashville Avenues. It’s a rather odd location as the significance of Kiwanis or Mr. Byrne to the area is not obvious. It made me curious however, and I did learn the first Kiwanis club in New Orleans was founded on March 29, 1919. Also, the name “Kiwanis” was coined from Nunc Kee-wanis, an American Indian language of the Detroit area (where the organization was founded), which means “we trade.” Today the international, volunteer-led organization focuses its community service efforts towards helping children.