National Geographic : 2007 Aug
FLASHBACK Little Revels Their masks only part of their mystery, children in New Orleans pause during Mardi Gras for photographer John Hypolite Coquille of the Times-Picayune. Today no names or dates accompany this image (which never ran in the GEOGRAPHIC), but Coquille shot for the newspaper between 1912 and 1920. The mystery deepens: Though dressed alike, the pair may not be sisters. They might not even be girls. "It was not unusual at the time for men and boys to cross-dress on Mardi Gras," says historian John T. Magill of New Orleans' Williams Research Center. "But not necessar ily in the same sense as modern French Quarter drag." - Margaret G. Zackowitz Flashback Archive See all the photos plus e-greetings at ngm.com/0708. PHOTO:CONVENTIONAND TOURISTBUREAU,NEWORLEANS NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC 20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFOR U.S. DELIVERY,$6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412STN. A, TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2. UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.95.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,POBOX 63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.MEMBERS:IF THEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS USTHATYOURMAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WEHAVE NO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.