Several years ago my father gave me a packet with some old pictures, letters and documents that had been taken from my grandparent's house when it was sold. Boy, was I surprised when I opened the package!
There were several old letters written in italian, dated at the turn of the century. I speak very little italian, so there are just limited parts that I can read. A couple of the letters have a stamp on the back of the letter where you can fill in the blanks on the stamp. I have no idea what this is for, but I makes it look like something official.
Also in the package were documents, including the US citizenship papers for my great-grandparents on my father's side. I can't believe I have these precious documents! Unfortunately, I didn't know these things existed at a time when I could question my grandfather about them. I know my great-grandparents came from Sicily, through Ellis Island, and settled around the Boston area at the turn of the century. My grandfather was born in 1907, and was one of 10 children.
There were also these pictures and several more. Who are these people? I assume they are relatives, but I don't know anything about them, and there's really nobody left to ask. This first picture looks like he is wearing a uniform of the Italian Navy?
This one looks like a formal portrait on the day of her First Holy Communion.
Of course, this is a wedding portrait.
I'd love to know who these people are, but I quess it will always be a mystery. That's not a bad thing...it will always keep me wondering.