We're not sure what this photo of the members of New Orleans Lodge No. 30, B.P.O.E (i.e., the Elks) tells us about life in New Orleans 100 years ago--unless it suggests that grown men could be just as foolish then as they can be now!

The photo is from the December, 1900 issue of The Southern Buck, the official organ of Elks Lodge No. 30, which began publication the month before. Perhaps these gentlemen are preparing for a New Years party to greet the new century?