Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Eddie deLange/Louis Alter, 1947

During the years 1933 and 1934, Chicago held a World’s Fair commemorating the “Century of Progress” since the time of its incorporation. The fair was meant to stimulate the local economy during the crisis of the Great Depression. It was very successful and well attended.

The World’s Fair received a great deal of interest from around the world; especially in nearby areas like Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of the Gibson Company. Gibson decided to use the “Century of Progress” idea to name a new high-end flat-top guitar. The L-Century was the result, and it was produced from 1933 through 1941.

Gibson had introduced its L-series of flat tops in 1926, and by 1933 offered several different models at various prices. The L-Century had the same measurements as the other L-models: 14-3/4" wide and 19-1/4" long. The other differences were the use of maple for the back and sides (instead of mahogany), and of course the eye-catching pearloid material covering the entire fingerboard and headstock.

Gibson also offered a Century Mandolin.




1934 Gibson A-C Century Mandolin

The Century Model A-C Mandolin was one of three models (the other two were guitars) made by Gibson to commemorate the 1933-1934 Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago. Based on Gibson's popular pear-shaped Model A, the A-C featured a special pearloid fretboard and maple back and ribs.



and the 1936 Gibson L-Century Guitar



1996 Gilchrist Mando Cello



Unknown American Made Carved 1940s Upright Bass

I used to live and play music in New Orleans and have always loved this song.

"Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" is a song written by Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter, which was first heard in the movie New Orleans in 1947, where it was performed by Louis Armstrong and sung by Billie Holiday.