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Angelo Fusco, my grandfather, was in New York several times. Born in Praiano, on Amalfi Coast, in the province of Salerno, on July 30, 1883. His first trip to New York was on 24 april 1900, departing from Napoli, with S/S the "Victoria", arrival on May 16, 1900. The second trip, with S/S the "Cretic", departure from Napoli on July 17th, 1906 arrival in New York on July 30th, 1906. Third trip, with S/S the "Koenig Albert", departure from Napoli around October 10th or 11th, arrival in NY on October 24, 1912. And from 1912 lived in New York until 1918.
A real neat barroom scene. Think of the pictures they would show at the start of the TV show "Cheers." This is from the collection of Charles Gallienne, my wife's great-grandfather. Is this Liverpool or is this southern Alabama? Help!
Shorpy is a year old today! Thanks to the many thousands of visitors and commenters and contributors who have helped make this Web site the remarkable place that it is. And of course we wouldn't be here without the efforts of the photographers whose pictures appear here, and the conservators and archivists who have preserved their work and made it available online through the Library of Congress. This might also be a good time to reflect on the life of our namesake, Shorpy Higginbotham, whose likeness animates these pages and spirit inhabits them. And now on with the show. Only a zillion more pictures to go . . .