Holmes interior, ca. 1900;  photo at top of page was taken in mid-1960's;
the sketch directly under it was done in 1873.
"I'll meet you under the clock"
D. H. Holmes first opened the doors to its Canal Street store in 1842.  
From that time forward, for many generations of New Orleanians, it
became a favorite place to shop; its restaurant, a favorite place to
have lunch; its Christmas display a must-see during the holidays...and
the clock which hung over its entrance, a favorite place for friends to
arrange a meeting.  All you had to say was"I'll meet you under the
clock" and everyone knew what you meant.  The store closed in 1989.
Holmes, decorated for Mardi Gras, 1906
Some of Holmes' cashiers, 1913
D. H. Holmes Restaurant,  bet. 1900-1910
D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd. Store
Canal, Bourbon, Dauphine and Iberville
December 1, 1913

Mrs. Martha D. Gould, Factories Inspector

My dear Mrs. Gould:

We have your letter of November 24, requesting an expression on the Child Labor Law, and its
enforcement, and how we feel about it.  We begged to advise that it has in no way worked a
hardship on us, as we have always entertained the opinion that a child of fourteen years of
age cannot deliver efficient service.  We would be glad, almost, to see the law raised from
fourteen to sixteen years of age, as a boy or girl of sixteen years is a great deal more efficient
than a child of fourteen, provided those years have been put to advantage in school.  In all of
our history, which extends back a number of years, this store has never employed children of
under fourteen years of age, except when some valued customer, in a guise of a charitable
request has asked us to put some younger child to work.  With a law in effect, we are in a
position to decline all such misguided charities.  We are heartily in favor of the law and find
that its enforcement tends to give us a more efficient class of people than we could possibly
get without such a law.

Very truly yours,
D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd.
Interior of D. H. Holmes, above, 1900; below, 1930.
The store promoting War Bonds during World War II.
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D. H. Holmes Department Store
Since 1993, the old Holmes building on Canal Street has housed the
Chateau Sonesta Hotel.  But once in awhile, when you pass by the
front windows, out of the corner of your eye, you may fancy that you
catch a glimpse of a thousand twinkling lights--but when you look
back, there's nothing there.  Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.  
It's the lights of long ago...magical images of scores of holiday window
displays, being forever reflected in the wonder of yesterday's
children's eyes.