Chronicles

That Proper Dress

The Town and Country Shop, on St. Charles Avenue at Melpomene Street, was the premier dress and accessory boutique for Uptown New Orleans women for most of the 20th century. (Town and Country Bridal, at 1514 St. Charles Ave., continuing…

The Early Days of LSUNO

Few people would regard the late Governor Earl K. Long as a major figure in the preservation of New Orleans culture but because the North Louisiana politician was bound and determined to put a public college in the hometown of…

Life Along St. Claude Avenue

The doors opened on my shift – I remember I wrote the first patient name in the admit book,” recalls Connie Masson. In the 1970s, during her years at the University of New Orleans, Masson had a job as an…

Sweet Story

Oh, Mimi made the most beautiful roses!” photographer Catherine Ledner says of her grandmother’s skill with sugary icing. When Catherine was a teenager she worked in the Metairie bakery where her “Mimi,” Beulah Ledner, created confections that delighted New Orleanians.…

Vic Schiro

If it’s good for New Orleans, I’m for it!” That’s the perfect slogan for the 1960s-era Mayor of New Orleans, Victor Hugo Schiro, a cheerful, positive-thinking, unabashed booster and promoter of his city. He wasn’t tall and commanding; in fact…

A Legacy of Piano Players

There is something special about a piano bar. First, as music historian Jack Stewart notes, the piano really gets the patron’s attention. “The piano is the entertainment – they turn off the television.” New Orleans has always been a good…

Biaggio Montalbano

Biaggio Montalbano was a passionate man. He was devoutly religious and practiced his religion publicly. And, he was equally devoted to food: serving, preparing and selling a remarkable sandwich on round Italian bread, the loaf named the muffuletta. He called…

Jill Jackson's Salad Days

Jill Jackson is a native who began her career in New Orleans. She was the first female sportscaster in America, a Hollywood gossip columnist in 1,700 weekly newspapers to this day and she boasts a namesake salad on the menu…