The Lantern

Title page of The Lantern depicts the paper's masthead, which inclues a lit oil lantern being regarded by a seated figure of Hermes and an owl. Below the masthead is a carichature drawing of a man holding one eye shut while men wearing banners that read "City Council" appear lined up to whisper in his enlarged ear.
From this recently digitized mid-1880s New Orleans newspaper, modern readers gain insight into social, racial, and ethnic relations throughout the city as well as glimpses of an incredibly diverse array of nationalities living across the city, prison life, local-level politics, and more.