Delgado Flash, circa 1938


Re: Julia Street column, December 2012 issue. Question from John Magnon of Fairhope, Ala.

We enjoy reading the answers to the many questions about forgotten people, places and events that Julia is able to answer, but we have a correction: the Delgado Flash was a monoplane, not a biplane.

Rich Harrison

Ed. Reply. Thanks. We blame Poydras for the error in identifying the photograph. Though he flies himself he still can’t tell a monoplane from a biplane.


Re: Julia Street column, December 2012 issue. Question from Mrs. B. Burrows of New Orleans.

Most of the time Poydras gets it right. Sometimes Poydras gets it wrong. This time Poydras – half right.

Although 290 Jackson Ave. was indeed purchased by my maternal grandparents in 1914, the current Arts and Crafts home that stands today was built by them in ’16. My mother, Ruby Cohen Polmer, was born in the home shortly afterward.
Soon after my grandparents purchased 290 Jackson Ave., they had a house mover with a team of mules swing the 1883 Nicholson home to the back of the lot to become 2207 Carondelet St. This left the front of the lot enough room to construct the current home, 1706 Jackson Ave. Nathan and Annie Cohen became the first to occupy the new home with their four children, including their newborn, my mother.

2207 Carondelet Ave. became the life-long home of my aunt and uncle, Dr. Nathan Polmer and Bluma Cohen Polmer. After 1950, 1706 Jackson Ave. became the home of my parents, Ruby Cohen and David Polmer, where I grew up with my three siblings. Yes, two brothers married two sisters.
In 1976 the Marist purchased and expanded the home into the attic as a residence for many church-related personnel. Most recently the home was purchased and is being exquisitely restored by Christian Galvin.
Sorry, Poydras.

Andrew Polmer
New Orleans

Ed. Reply. Wow, thanks for the explanation. We would’ve never known about mules being used to turn a house. Poydras has been

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