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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!
Back in the '50s we didn't have too much indoor entertainment. Electricity was just being introduced where we lived and only for lighting. Before that, kerosene lanterns were the only reading lights after dark. So daytime was spent hanging out with the neighbour kids. Money was tight, clothes didn't match. Nobobdy cared. I'm in the back, the oldest kid. If you look to the left you'll see a man sharpening his Swede saw on his porch. At this time, power saws were two man machines. The carburetor was primitive and so those heavy powered saws required a tiltable bar as the saw would not run on its side. Very few people could afford one anyway, so the Swede saw was the usual means of cutting trees down and into usable lengths for firewood.