|by: Bob Monie|
|Fig 1 Silver tankard awarded to Isaac Delgado's great uncle, Moses Delgado in 1831, after he had helped secure full political freedom for the Jews of Jamaica|
|Fig. 2 Isaac Delgado in dapper attire, possibly ready for motor car trip to Atlantic City|
|Fig 3. Issac and Samuel Delgado in front of the main office of Delgado and Co. at 201-203 N. Peters St.|
|Fig 4. The N. Peters St. part of Sugar Row as it appears today. The old Delgado and Co. office|
building at 201-203 N. Peters is on the left, next to the Custom House.
|Fig 5. Close view of building at 201-203 N. Peters St. as it appears today.|
|Fig 7. North Front St. section of Sugar Row as it appeared around 1910. The large building |
at the extreme left is the American Sugar Refinery. To its right are the New Orleans
Sugar Exchange and one of the Delgado and Co. offices.
|Fig 8. Dray carts at the turn of the century hauling produce through the French Quarter near the Sugar District.|
|Fig, 9. Advertisement for Delgado and Co. that directly targets buyers likely to use sweeteners.|
|Fig. 10. Isaac's friends Elleonora Moss and Dr. Rudolph Matas at the 1944 launch of the S.S. Isaac Delgado liberty ship. (Both lived to be nearly 100.)|
|Fig. 11. The Delgado Memorial Building at Charity Hospital.|
|Fig. 12. Pierre Lelong, owner of sugar brokerage firm Lelong and Co., helped induce the City Park Board of Commissioners to provide the land for the Delgado Museum of Art|
|Fig. 13. Delgado Museum of Art postcard showing Beau-Art building designed by Samuel A. Marx|
|Fig. 14. 1928 Aerial View of City Park flanked by Delgado Central Trades School and Delgado |
Museum of Art.
On January 4, 1912 Isaac Delgado died at his Garden District home. Although Francis T. Nicholls, governor of Louisiana, died the same day, the January 5 edition of The Daily Picayune gave virtually equal, front-page photographic and journalistic coverage to the passing of Delgado, with the headline, ISAAC DELGADO'S DEATH THE CITY'S GREAT LOSS. In retrospect, his charitable offerings to the city were staggering. His public bequests during his lifetime were $180,000 for the building at Charity Hospital, $150,000 for the Delgado Museum, and, in his will, he left another $100,000 to Charity Hospital, $100,000 to the Eye, Ear, and Nose Hospital, $10,000 to the New Orleans Convalescents' Home, as well as the “residue” of his estate, amounting to almost $800,000 plus regular payments from the operation of the Albania Plantation, to be used for the construction of Isaac Delgado Central Trades School. Such largess was impressive even compared with John McDonough's bequest of $750,000 in 1850 to build public schools. A marble plaque once displayed at Charity Hospital underscores the magnitude of Delgado's altruism (Fig. 15). His contribution of $180,000 is more than twice that of any other donor listed and several times more than that of such well-known, admirably charitable men as Frank T. Howard and Tomy Lafon.
|Fig. 15. Marble tablet from Charity Hospital main building lists names of donors,, including Isaac Delgado and amounts donated.|
|Fig. 16. Old French Opera House often attended by Isaac Delgado|
|Fig. 17. New Orleans Chess, Checkers, and Whist Club. Delgado was a charter member of this club, where perhaps more business deals were made than on the golf course.|
|Fig. 18. Delgado students celebrating Founder's Day in 1969, at the Metairie Cemetery grave site of Isaac, Samuel, and Virginia Delgado|
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