1952 Snowball Stand
The weather is so warm in New Orleans right now that the only snow you might be thinking of is the kind you’d buy from a snowball stand. Alumnus Jerry Hoskins (’59) recently attended Dr. Bernard Cook’s presentation on the history of Loyola and was inspired to go through his own photographic archives. He was kind enough to share this photo and story with Special Collections & Archives.
In 1952, Jean Torre, Peter Daschbach, Piet Kessels, and Hoskins were taken by the entrepreneurial spirit. The four De La Salle freshmen took a $100 loan out from Hibernia Bank under the company name “JEAPINS.” The snowball stand was built of “midnight requisitioned materials from the dump and the street.” Located on the Calhoun-street side of the campus in front of the student center and Maroon office, the four entrepreneurs made over $800 that summer from selling 5 and 10 cent snowballs–almost a $7,000 profit in today’s money.
Torre, Daschbach, and Hoskins went on to graduate from Loyola in 1959. Kessels was a 1960 Tulane architecture graduate whose work includes the current decoration of Holy Name of Jesus church.
Thank you to Jerry Hoskins for sharing this photo and story with SC&A. For information on the some of the documented buildings of Loyola, come see the Buildings display on the third floor of the library, part of the Monroe Library Centennial Exhibit.
Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.