Trivia Question of the Week

Mr. Bingle

In honor of the season, this week’s Centennial Trivia Question deals with a New Orleans holiday icon. Generations of New Orleanians grew up with Mr. Bingle, who now greets holiday revelers as part of City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, but for many years he was associated with a particular department store.

For this week’s Centennial Trivia Question, name the department store and tell us what connection that department store has to the founding of the Freeman School.

If you know the answer to this week’s question, post it in the comments section below. The first person with a correct answer — the correct answer we’re looking for that is — will win a Freeman Centennial T-shirt! Happy Holidays!

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  1. Maison Blanche, ALline, Creator, WentTo nightSchool At Tulane

  2. Freeman School says:

    You got half of it, Stephanie! Mr. Bingle was of course associated with Maison Blanche department store, and Emile Alline, who created the character in 1947, did attend night school at Tulane, but we’re looking for what connection Maison Blanche has to the founding of the Freeman School.

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  5. Freeman School says:

    We have a winner! Maison Blanche was the department store Mr. Bingle was associated with, and the Maison Blanche Co. was a member of the Board of Guarantors of Tulane University’s College of Commerce and Business Administration. In all, 222 individuals, businesses and organizations provided funds to subsidize the operations of the college during its first six years. And as Stephanie points out in her followup, Isidore Newman & Sons was also a member of the Board of the Guarantors. Newman was the founder of Maison Blanche.

    For her correct answer, we’ll be sending a Freeman Centennial T-shirt to Stephanie. Look for more Centennial Trivia questions after the new year. Happy Holidays!

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