Courtesy the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Click on the photo for source.
The Carnival digitization project reached a major milestone in July when we completed placing our original Carnival float designs online six months ahead of schedule.
LaRC preserves more than 1,300 original Comus, Momus, Proteus, and Rex float designs from the “Golden Age” of Carnival. Included are works by noted designers such as Charles Briton, Jennie Wilde, Carlotta Bonencaze, and Bror Anders Wikstrom. Created as working drawings, these stunning artworks are used by scholars in many fields, including sociology, history, marketing, politics, and literature.
With our float designs now easily available to researchers from around the world, our next step is to place online our more than 3,000 original costume designs. Already available are the famous “Missing Links” costume designs from the 1873 Comus parade.