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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Family meeting: 1927

Family meeting: 1927

It's not a mafia meeting, but it sure looks like it. This is a 1927 photo taken in Norwich, Conn., of my grandfather, Pasquale, on the left; his brother, Luciano, on the right; and Pasquale's cousin, Pietro, in the center. Incidentally, in 10 years, that building behind them got a storefront and was my grandfather's Italian-American grocery store from 1937-69. View full size.

Dodge, c. 1949

Dodge, c. 1949

This is my grandfather's 1949 Dodge B-1-B panel truck, taken in front of his grocery store on School Street in Norwich, Conn. This picture dates from about 1949 or 1950. View full size.

Mom and Me: 1971

Mom and Me: 1971

My mother standing in front of our house in Massapequa, Long Island, in 1971. In six months I would be born. View full size.

Grandfather in Russia, 1921

Grandfather in Russia, 1921

This image was found among a collection of family photos, with the caption "Grandfather Russia 1921." Possibly taken in Grodno (now called Hrudna), in Belarus. On the back of the photo is written a free-verse poem:

I want so much, yet
   I live so little
Things mean nothing
But God, the wants, the needs
   the hungers
Oft even the shortest life
Are greater than the longest
   death.
Yet we desire, oh Lord, heaven
And receiving earth, are satisfied.

Let me forget fool's advice
And bask in childlike happiness
Yet I am human, and must want
Everything, receiving but percent

I've no idea who wrote the poem.

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Christmas 1969, image two

Christmas 1969, image two

Bottom left, my dad, Joe; My mother, Rosemarie; my aunt Loraine; my grandfather Ralph; my grandmother Mary; my uncle Ralph and Freckles the dog. Christmas 1969 at my grandparents home in Floral Park, NY. View full size.

Christmas 1969, image one

Christmas 1969, image one

Christmas dinner at my grandparents' house in Floral Park, NY, 1969. Left, My mother, Rosemarie; My Aunt Barbara; My uncle Patrick; one of my aunt's sisters (I can't remember her name); my uncle Ralph; my aunt Loraine and cousin Mary. View full size.

Lambretta, 1959

Lambretta, 1959

My uncle with my godmother near Zurich, Switzerland in 1959. The motor scooter is a Lambretta. View full size.

 
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