Born in Milneburg in 1898,
trumpeter Gustave Joseph (Sharkey) Bonano entered the world as Jazz was beginning to brew in his hometown. Sometimes compared
to Louis Prima, he was known as a charismatic personality and a fine musician. Never losing touch with his New Orleans roots,
Sharkey is pictured here casually dressed and sitting beside a six-pack of Dixie Beer and a K&B (Katz & Besthoff)
bag, presumably either recording or doing a radio show. Sharkey Bonano passed away in 1972. (Courtesy Louisiana Digital Library).