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New Orleans - Day 5 - Wax Museum

2008.10.21
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Pirate Jean Lafitte (left) negotiating with Andrew Jackson.
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Craps developed from a simplification of the Old English game hazard. What was to become the modern American version of the game was brought to New Orleans by Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, scion of wealthy Louisiana landowners and a gambler and politician.

The game, first known as crapaud (a French word meaning "toad", referring to the way early players squatted to play on the ground) reportedly owes its modern popularity from its being spread through the African-American community.
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The Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba works with an ironsmith on the railings of her apartment buildings. The Cabildo is in the background.
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Someone seeking aid from Marie Laveau
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The attic of Madame LaLaurie (right)
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The museum offered some lagniappe (pron. "lan-YAP", something "extra" given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase) in the form of a hall of monsters.

Here is the unmasking of the Phantom of the Opera.
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This one was ALL Stephanie! We saw this in one of the travel books and Steph just had to see it.

After paying our $7 each, we were informed that the buttons that should trigger audio have not worked since day one. Anyway, it was nice and air conditioned...
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