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Bogdan Yelcovich said let’s go to New Orleans.

I had one simple response:         “BANANAS!”

“Yes – – – exactly” he responded.

He must have seen the puzzled look on my face.

So he showed me:

Bananas Cover page

So Julian complied and showed us some nice wood cut engravings.

Bananas Canal Street

Bananas French Quarter

And finally Julian – – – and Bogdan Yelcovich – – – got to the part about the bananas.

He pointed out the banana boats and dealers.

Bananas Wharf

And the fellows who hauled the bananas away.

Bananas Levee

And finally I asked Bogdan “What does all this add up to?”

Of course he rattled his “Harper’s Illustrated” and opened it up to page 382.

Banans Page from monthly

I was impressed. So we hopped a train to New Orleans, saw some really pretty girls, and got a ride back to New York on this banana boat.

Bananas banana boat

Boy oh boy – – – Gunther was madder than a hobo without a can of beans.

We almost got fired. Thank God we left McFee behind to cover for us.


On the way home that night we met a street vendor singing a song.

Maybe you would like a Hollerith version of the song.

It is an instrumental.

As I Wander Introduction 2

©W. Tomosky