Throwback Thursday: Boardwalk Update

A couple days ago I posted a photo of my grandparents that I was surprised to find hidden behind another photo in a picture frame. It appeared to be from the late 1930s, and I speculated that it might have been taken on their honeymoon. In that post, I suggested several possible locations. Since then,Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Boardwalk Update”

Throwback Thursday: Hidden Treasure

This evening, I brought out an old photo of myself as a baby this evening and pulled it out of the frame to scan it. And behind it in the frame I found this picture, which I have never seen before! This is my maternal grandparents, Norma Tomassoni DeRicci and Ralph DeRicci. From their apparentContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Hidden Treasure”

Throwback Thursday: Giovanni and Rosalina

Lately, my genealogical researcher has shifted from my father’s side of the family tree to my mother’s. And here is a photograph from her ancestral line. This is my mother’s paternal grandparents, my great-grandparents. They are Giovanni (John) DeRiggi and Rosalina (Rosa) Ambrosini DeRiggi. John DeRiggi (1878-1955) was born in Cicciano, a village outside ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Giovanni and Rosalina”

Throwback Thursday: My Mother, the Pinup Girl

I mentioned recently that my mother let me borrow a lot of old photos from her side of the family, so I could scan them all. This one is a treasure. This is my mother, back when she was a pinup girl. A newspaper on an Air Force base published her picture one month asContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: My Mother, the Pinup Girl”

Throwback Thursday: My Mother’s Side

Much of my genealogical research so far has focused on my father’s side of the family, but I have been lately spending more time on my mother’s family. When I visited her last week, she let me take home a lot of old photographs to scan. I’ve only just gotten started, but here is oneContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: My Mother’s Side”

Throwback Thursday: Nana

Yesterday, September 28, would have been my maternal grandmother’s 107th birthday. In reality, she died young, at only 58 years old. But here she is as a baby, looking sweet and innocent and totally oblivious to the difficult childhood she would have. Norma Tomassoni was only six years old and the oldest of three childrenContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Nana”

Throwback Thursday: Playing Soldier

I am still working on scanning all of the old family photos my father and stepmother passed on to me this summer. This is one of my favorites. This photo shows my father’s family, and was almost certainly taken in Pennsylvania, where they lived — most likely in 1944, judging from the apparent age ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Playing Soldier”

Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa

Today would be my maternal grandfather’s 108th birthday, so for Throwback Thursday, I’m posting a photograph of him as a child. I do not have a date, but this was his First Holy Communion photo, so it’s probably early in the 1920s. My grandfather was born in 1914, the son of Italian immigrants. When heContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa”

Throwback Thursday: Wild West

Today’s image from the past is one that I dug out of the box of old family photos my father and stepmother gave me when I visited them this summer. This was probably taken in or around 1947, as my father and his brother played cowboys near the back door of the house where theyContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Wild West”