Postcard of Marseilles, France


My father's paternal family originated from Marseilles, France, and settled in New Orleans. My great-great-grandfather, Antoine Alciatore, founded Antoine's Restaurant. When he fell ill, he returned home to Marseilles, and he is buried there. His son and my great-grandfather, Fernand Alciatore, and later Fernand Jr., owned and operated Restaurant de la Louisiane in New Orleans. Each summer they would close the restaurant and return to France for vacation. Postcards were very popular in the early 20th century, and we have a multitude of them from their travels. The postcards are unused and seemed to have been purchased as mementos. This is a postcard from Marseilles showing the arrival of fish at the dock. We have others showing the arrival of sugar and another of oranges. I suspect these images of the Port Marseilles reminded my family of their new home in New Orleans, another port town. 

Place(s): New Orleans, Marseilles
Year: 1840

– S. Alciatore

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more