New Orleans is linked to one the most central of Lovecraft mythos stories, The Call of Cthulhu, which was written in 1926, but did not see print until February 1928 in Weird Tales. Interestingly, Lovecraft didn’t actually visit New Orleans until June of 1932, eventually getting in touch with author and editor Edgar Hoffman Price at his apartment in the French Quarter near where Lovecraft stayed at a hotel. Mutual correspondent Robert E. Howard had alerted Price via telegram to Lovecraft’s presence in the Crescent City and that led to a writer’s confab that lasted many hours. I only wish we could have a transcript of their long conversations. It’s just too bad that Robert E. Howard couldn’t have made that meeting in NOLA, but the stars just weren’t right.
D’Iberville in 1699. The flints are imports that the Biloxi Indians and other coastal tribes traded for with northern tribes, as there was no local source on the coast. These also predate “discovery” so they are fairly old. As background, I have included an interesting French contract document dating to the 1680s. Although it has little to do directly with the proceedings, it just seemed too cool to not have in the photo, with its intricate stamps and the hand-laid paper. A note to prop makers, the 300 year old paper is not yellowed nor does it look like the edges were burned. Also in the picture is a (20th century modern) hand-hammered iron knife made from a single piece of iron with a dragon handle. Although not old, it also seemed rather appropriate for inclusion in a Weird Fiction tableau.
 As a bit of coincidence, see also Kenzaburo Oe’s story, Aghwee The Sky Monster from his book, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (1994). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agw%C3%A9
as well as some photos.