Jason N.A. Smith



Jason N.A. Smith is a writer and photographer currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States. Here he began his hobby of collecting postcards while appreciating the old and the antique. He’ll argue there is a lost art in postcards, especially the power of penmanship, and adamantly insists he was born in the wrong decade. He enjoys good food, great wine, and jazz music.  




2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 5
Book Talk
New Orleans Postcards: Locations Then and Now

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Postmarked New Orleans

Vintage postcards (1940s and earlier) appear above modern-day photographs of the same spot, with brief text providing historical information about each location. Street scenes, restaurants, parks, and cemeteries are all covered. Samples include the Peristyle in City Park, St. Roch’s cemetery and shrine, Mme. BeguĂ©’s restaurant, the Saenger Theatre, the St. Charles Hotel, and Chartres Street in the French Quarter.


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