52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Experience.
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Desolina's favorite day: her birthday
No one liked a birthday party more than Desolina—especially if it was hers. She turned 91 on this day and lived for another 5 ½ years.
Span of 4 Generations
Tony (b. 1899) with great granddaughter Alma (b. 1988)
Tony (2nd from rt) at I. Magnin X-mas party
Desolina & great granddaughter
Desolina & grandchild
In addition to eating, Desolina's favorite activity was smothering her grandchildren with rampant kisses. In this photo, taken 25 years ago, are (left to right) the author, the author's daughter Alma, and Desolina in her woolen cap, which she wore in all seasons.
Wiring Money Back Home
Wiring Money to Italy
Like most immigrants, Tony wired money to his family back home in the village of Casaselvatica. This is a receipt for 1,000 lire that he sent his mother, Antonia, on July 6, 1926. He returned to Italy in 1929 to marry Desolina and the two sailed for New York in 1930. She was already pregnant with my father.