Martha over at Seaside Simplicity is hosting "Flashback Friday" this year, with the goal being to post an old photo every Friday, all year. Unfortunately, I don't have many old photos (really old ones, anyway), so my participation will be more sporadic. My mom's got all the old pictures at her house and I currently lack scanning abilities at this time. I mean I can scan them, but they go to a large desktop computer that has no modem and for some reason gives me an error message anytime I try to copy photos onto a CD that I could use in my laptop.
This is a very old photo of my maternal family's hometown of Corvara, Italy in the Abruzzi Mountains. I have no idea if my family's homes were up there or elsewhere in town. If you look up the town now, there are still people named Marganella that live there, and it currently has a population of 288. The Marganellas, and DiMartinos, came to America in the early 1900s, and were processed through Ellis Island in New York. My grandmother was 5 when her mom journeyed from Corvara to the Port of Naples, with my grandmother and her 6 year old sister, to make the Atlantic crossing in 1911 (my great grandfather was already in Yonkers and sent for them). What must that trip have been like? How did they travel off this mountainside and even get to Naples? There had to have been a train station nearby. I've seen a recent photo of this same scene and it looks pretty much the same.