My (third?) cousin Pietro Giammanco in his military uniform, probably WWII, Sicily. This photo is from my grandmother’s collection of family photos and postcards sent to her in Brooklyn from Sicily. Pietro was like a brother to my grandmother. I was fortunate enough to have met him–a gentleman through and through–in his old age.
I recently read Dacia Maraini’s memoir “Bagheria.” In her book, the well-known Italian writer details returning to Bagheria after World War II. She describes in detail the natural beauty of the Conca d’Oro in the 1940s and 1950s before massive over-development changed the landscape. This photo was taken by my Uncle Stefano in June 1950.
According to the handwritten description on the back of this photo, my uncle Stefano lost the argument, and my father Peter got to drive the cart. (Photo: Stefano Scola, Bagheria, June 1950).
Mount Pellegrino from Mondello, 1950. Photo by my Uncle Stefano.
My cousin Mario, my grandmother, my father, and my cousin Pino in 1950 at the Shrine to Santa Rosalia on Monte Pellegrino in Palermo.