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Scans of Italian postcards Uncle Joe Wawro had from WWII

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:12 am    Post subject: Scans of Italian postcards Uncle Joe Wawro had from WWII Reply with quote

Only had time to scan one part of this nice set of photos that Stan's father, Joe brought back when he was in WWII. The cover is in color and I will get to that later. There are ones of Pompeii, and also Army booklets on how to get along in England and North Africa, etc.

Had some trouble scanning due to the half-tone dots and my trick of using a piece of plastic as a polarizer did not work well - the preview looked great but the jpg was really messy. Hope this works...


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O.K. it looks alright. I like the right photo because it shows what it was like in a typical neighborhood. The back says that the covered area in the middle of the street was where people came to wash their laundry.

I'll try to scan more soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They really look great! One of these days I'm going to have to learn how to use the scanner I bought my wife for Christmas/

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are many more in that set - and there was a map view of Pompeii but I can't find it - always worry at the library or elsewhere that I might have dropped a photo or one of the artifacts from relatives.

Today looked all over the place for my copies of Grandma Ferro's passport and could not find them - might have given them to my cousin Kim by accident. Could make more copies from another cousin.

I was going to copy more photos - including ones of my First Communion to send to my daughter and finally found the one I was looking for but the one in the photo album (empty space there). What did I do with it???

Oh well, memory going fast.

The right hand photo has the word "Truogoli" which was new to me - my dictionary says truogolo is a 'trough' and I have seen photos of outdoor exposed washing areas.

The communal use of the washing places reminded me of what my mother said: her mother told her that to make bread, they would bring their dough to the communal ovens to be baked, as there was not enough room in the house or time did not permit. She also said that the family slept upstairs in a loft, while the chickens and goats etc. were kept downstairs at night, lest they disappear.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading about the communal ovens and communal areas near a water supply where ladies would bring laundry to wash.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They also got their water from fountains - my mother said that my grandmother and her mother would go to the fountain, but my grandmother made her younger sister carry the jug - on her head.

Saw a photo of Italian women doing this - did not know that Italians used their head that way.

Looking at the website of the town, I imagined them going to the well/fountain but then found that there were several fountains in Sant'Elia a Pianisi and I don't know which one they used. Need the address I suppose.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scanned some more of the cards today...

Here's the cover - only thing in color but the b/w images are great - from another era. There's a map on the inside cover.


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This one says Piazza di Ferrari - all are labeled and there are explanations on the backs in four languages.


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Most of them are in groups of two or three, folded up.


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I like the ladies in white in the lower picture above.


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That's it for now

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