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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Boys: 1952

The Boys: 1952

Possibly Indianapolis, circa 1952. Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. At right is the boy from Dancing Queen. At left: Technicolor cuffs. View full size.

Ice Skating 1940's

Ice Skating 1940's

I found this snapshot at a flea market in New Jersey. The location is unknown to me. Striking image. Probably made after church on a nice winter day.

Mother and Child.

Mother and Child.

I found these old 4X5 glass plate negatives years ago at a garage sale. Just got around to scanning them.

My Grandparents

My Grandparents

This was a postcard my grandfather, Angel Ortega, had made from a photo of himself and his fiancee, Nemesia Quintana, in Gibara, Cuba. I believe it was dated 1918.

Vincenzo Fusco

Vincenzo Fusco

Vincenzo Fusco, my uncle, in New York. Born in Praiano, on Amalfi Coast, provincia of Salerno, on January 29, 1892.

Luca Fusco

Luca Fusco

Luca Fusco, my uncle, in New York, between 1900 and 1918.

Angelo Fusco

Angelo Fusco

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.

 
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