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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Italian Wedding: The Sequel

Italian Wedding: The Sequel

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Scalco, National Fruit Co." Salvatore Scalco, the groom and company president, was last seen here three years ago. Now posing with the older generation. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Census says

The 1940 census rolls give us a few more details about the bride (Dorthea Scalco), because she was randomly selected to answer a few more questions. Her father and mother were born in Italy, she was only married once, and by 1940 she had given birth five times (a number that matches the number of children living at the same 705 Otis Place NW address, Josephine, Rito, Nickey, Theresa, and Vincent). She was not employed and did not yet have a social security number. (The census also reflects that, by 1940, their oldest son, Rito, then 14, had worked for nine weeks the previous year, earning a total of $23.)

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