The seldom seen Puch tank rack.

There are thousands of Puch Maxi images online. And I’ve looked a quite a few. One thing that I rarely see is a Puch tank rack. What is most common are the chrome side rails…although many owners choose to remove these. As I understand it, the tank rack was an accessory available on certain Puch moped models. Since it fits on a Maxi, I got one. I’ll admit it’s an unusual look. But frankly, isn’t being unique-looking one of the primary reasons people are attracted to a vintage moped?

Reconsidering signs.

Saw this vintage sign at an intersection of roadway along Mississippi River levee. It welcomes folks to Louisiana and suggests to “reconsider” their littering. Guess the assumption is everyone who visits the state throws trash out of their vehicle. Not likely…especially when both hands are holding on the handlebars of a Puch Maxi.

A Confederacy of Dunces.

Not far from my home is the Toole-Hecker House. This is the last residence of John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” The book was released just before I started LSU and I recall the high praise it received for its rich depiction of New Orleans. Toole earned a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981 for it. If you have not read this literary treasure, you should. It’s hilarious!

Samuel Loewenberg Arch.

puch arch

This is a rather unassuming tribute to Samuel Loewenberg, Treasurer of Touro Synagogue in 1881. Seems he was one of the prominent leaders of the Jewish community in New Orleans in the mid-19th century. The structure, with a non-functioning horse trough and water fountain (now a planter with flowers), is located at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and S. Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Good thing my 2 horsepower Puch Maxi wasn’t thirsty.