New Orleans Karnofsky store destroyed by Hurricane Ida


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Photos and videos posted on social media showed Hurricane Ida afermath in New Orleans, including the destruction of the Karnofsky Tailor Shop.

The second home of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, the storefront opened in 1913 with a residence at the top for the Karnofsky family. Armstrong moved in with the family at a young age and the family employed him as well. They gave him a little tin horn to attract potential customers to their business.

“After blowing the pewter horn – so long – I wondered how I would do when blowing into a real cone – a cone was what I had in mind. Sure enough, I saw a little cone in a pawnshop window – five dollars – my luck was right, “Armstrong wrote in his autobiography” Louis Armstrong: An Extravagent Life. “With the Karnofsky who loaned me on my paycheck I saved 50 cents a week and bought the horn. All dirty, but soon looked pretty to me.

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By the 1920s Armstrong was already releasing recordings, and his childhood friend Morris Karnofsky opened “Morris Music” there. The store was the city’s first record store to sell jazz albums. It became a meeting place for musicians like Armstrong and others to stop and play music even after he left town.

The building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is what the complete damage to the historic building looked like on Monday.

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