Lulu White
Portrait in her Mahogany Hall promotional booklet,
was not Lulu, but in fact, one of her girls.
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1904 photograph of Lulu White

Lulu White, born in Selma, Alabama, found her home in Storyville in 1880. She was well known to the police force for numerous offences. Upon her establishment in the Storyville district, she soon had a client list made up of some of the most prominent and wealthiest men in Louisiana. She ran her famed house, Mahogany Hall, until its forced closure in 1917. She is remembered for her glamour and jewels, "which were like the 'lights of the St. Louis Exposition' just as reported in her promotional booklet."

She lost over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in her investment schemes, and was left destitute before leaving New Orleans.

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Lulu White Mugshot

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Mahogany Hall Parlor



A picture of which appears on the cover of this souvenir was erected specifically for Miss Lulu White at a cost of $40,000. The house is built of marble and is four story; containing five parlors, all handsomely furnished, and fifteen bedrooms. Each room has a bath with hot and cold water and extension closets. The elevator, which was built for two, is of the latest style. The entire house is steam heated and is the handsomest house of its kind. It is the only one where you can get three shots for your money-
The shot upstairs,
The shot downstairs,
And the shot in the room. . .

This famous West Indian octoroon first saw the light of day thirty-one years ago. Arriving in this country at a rather tender age, and having been fortunately gifted with a good education it did not take long for her to find out what the other sex was in search of. In describing Miss Lulu, as she is most familiarly called, it would not be amiss to say that besides possessing an elegant form she has beautiful black hair and blue eyes, which have justly gained for her the title of the "Queen of the Demi-Monde."

Her establishment, which is situated in the central part of the city, is unquestionably the most elaborately furnished house in the city of New Orleans, and without a doubt one of the most elegant places in this or any other country. She has made a feature of boarding none but the fairest of girls - those gifted with nature's best charms, and would, under no circumstances, have any but that class in her house. As an entertainer Miss Lulu stands foremost, having made a life-long study of music and literature. She is well read and one that can interest anybody and make a visit to her place a continued round of pleasure.


In its heyday, Lulu White's Mahogany Hall was a ritzy brothel that has been immortalized in "Mahogany Hall Stomp," a jazz standard recorded by Louis Armstrong and others. It was the last of the famous old joints left standing in the block, but for years it had been used as a warehouse for a Canal Street department store. The end came for Mahogany Hall (235 Basin St.) on Nov. 22, 1949, when it too was demolished to make room for a parking garage. Today, only three forlorn structures from the Storyville era remain: a bit of Lulu White's Saloon at 237 Basin St., Frank Early's "My Place" Saloon at 1214 Bienville St., and Joe Victor's Saloon at St. Louis and Villere streets. Frank Early's "My Place" Saloon is famous because it was where composer and pianist Tony Jackson, who lived over the saloon, wrote the still-popular song "Pretty Baby. bestofneworleans

Miss Lulu White of Basin Street New Orleans - Al Rose.

#1991 book, edited by Gaston Lachurie, translation by Raymond Manicacci, 331 pages.
Livre de 1991, édité par Gaston Lachurie, traduction par Raymond Manicacci,

We could take this book for a romantic biography. It is not.
On pourrait prendre ce livre pour une biographie romantique. Il n'en est rien.

The name comes from the turning basin of the Carondolet Canal formerly located on the street, where it now turns on to Orleans by the Municipal Auditorium.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century railroad tracks paralleled the Canal and then turned on to Basin Street, running up the "neutral ground" (as street medians are called locally) to one of the city's main railroad depots on Canal Street.

All the characters are real, and bring their real names.
Tous les personnages sont réels, et portent leurs véritables noms.

The author of this work traces the fascinating history of ragtime and jazz Orléans of the golden age.
L'auteur de cet ouvrage retrace toute la passionnante saga du ragtime et du jazz orléanais de l'âge d'or.

Format 24x16 cm.
Format 24x16 cm.

Book in fair condition.
Livre en état correct.

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Information |Description
Lulu White, famous New Orleans madame, entertainer, and entrepeneur. Date ca. 1890

Source 19th century promotional pornographic photograph, cropped version via book "Miss Lulu White de Basin Street" by Al Rose, Gaston Lachurie Editeur, Paris, 1991

Author Uncredited photographer. Permission (Reusing this file) Mechanical reproduction of out-of-copyright US image. Source: wikipedia.org [unvalidated authenticity]

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