Lagniappe


Lagniappe (pronounced lan-yap),
meaning "a little something extra," is a
Cajun/French word that is common to South Louisiana.

 

Remembering When


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Maison Blanche - Canal Street - is only
one of the many area landmarks in New Orleans
that have "Gone with the Wind." The building is still
there; however, it is sadly no longer "Home" to Maison Blanche.

 

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When Maison Blanche went out of business, along went its dearly beloved Christmas mascot, Mr. Bingle. The darling little snowman, with holly wings and an ice cream cone hat, had been the Christmas mascot for Maison Blanche, a Canal Street landmark department store, since he was first introduced during the Christmas Season of 1948. He was actually 50 years old in 1998 when Maison Blanche was sold. For years, children would run to their TV sets every evening during the Christmas season to watch WDSU-TV's 15-minute segment of the Mr. Bingle show. He will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him and his landmark home. I can still hear the sound of that old familiar jingle which was aired over radio and TV throughout the Christmas holidays for so many, many years:

"Jingle, Jangle, Jingle, here comes Mr. Bingle...
with another message from Kris Kringle.
Time to launch the Christmas Season,
Maison Blanche makes Christmas pleasin.'
Gifts galore for you to see,
each a gem from... MB."

 

Vintage Maison Blanche Mr.Bingle
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All photos © Ashleigh Austin.



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WDSU-TV's 1st ID and Test Pattern
Dec. 18, 1948

Courtesy of Paul Yacich

Click above to see Mr. Bingle as one of the
WDSU-TV On-camera Celebrities!
While you are there, be sure to browse the rest
of the great history of New Orleans Broadcasting!





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Me and my younger sister with Santa
at Maison Blanche in the 50's

 

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Click above to see Mr. Bingle and Maison Blanche Santa
on the "Jingle, Jangle...Christmas!" pages.

 

 

K&B Drugs

K&B Drugs (1985) located at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and
Louisiana Avenue.

All the K&B Drugs were replaced by Rite Aid;
however, New Orleanians were not so easy to part with what had
become their long-time friend and part of their city:

"In a two-pronged effort to warm customers to Rite Aid's K&B takeover and to benefit an area hospital, Rite Aid held a garage sale in New Orleans, offering up such K&B memorabilia as the chain's purple signs and bags, shopping carts, employee uniforms and other items. The chain raised more than four times what it had expected at the sale, reaching a total of about $22,000, all of which was donated to the New Orleans Children's Hospital." - Drug Store News, October 5, 1998





Lovely Louisiana


 
Let me live in Louisiana
Where the winding bayous flow,
Where mocking birds sing all night long
And wild azaleas grow.
Where cottonfields are ghostly white
When the harvest moon rides high and bright,
Where voices are crooning with delight
In lovely Louisiana.

Let me hear the forest singing
To the melody of years
As it sang to hearts of the long ago
In their laughter and their tears.
Where stately pines and sycamore
And age old oaks on the sandy shore
Will whisper their secrets evermore
In lovely Louisiana.

Let me live in Louisiana
Where the wild geese furl their wings
Near the trapper's hut in the trembling marsh
And the upland's crystal springs.
Where faithful souls of a sturdy race
Still pray to God through His loving grace -
In the whole wide world I have found no place
Like lovely Louisiana.

Emma Wilson Emery
Poet Laureate of Louisiana

 


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