martedì 27 luglio 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Staglieno

My trip to Staglieno, which in fact is Genova monumental Cemetery, dates back to June, but as I didn't post any pictures, I think I can do it today.
This pictures is from Caterina CAMPODONICO, which is not my relative.
This is one of the most famous statue in the cemetery.
The Staglieno cemetery was opened around 1854 and was the occasion for the local bourgeoise to represent themselves. There is a lot of marble statues and many famous scultors worked there.
Among these rich people we find "Catainin dae reste", a poor woman who earned her life selling nuts necklaces at fairs. She wanted to be remembered, so in 1881 she saved until she had one of the most famous sculptor of the time, Lorenzo Orengo, to make her a statue.
A son de vende raeste e canestrelli
all'Aeguasanta, a-o Garbo, a San Ceprian
con vento e so, con aegua zu a tinelli
a-a mae vecciaia pe asseguaghe un pan;
fra i pochi sodi m'ammuggiava quelli
pe tramandame a-o tempo ciù lontan
mentre son viva, e son vea portoliann a:
Cattainin Campodonico (a Paisann-a)

A festival of Postcards - Locomotion

I've been away for a while, but here I am!
Postcards always fascinated me, even before my genealogy passion started.
I'm so happy I have some postcards from my ggrandfather, who was an officer on board and sailed in the Mediterranean sea at the beginning of the century, using postcards to keep in contact with the family at home in Italy.
I also have another ggrandfather who travelled at sea in the same period, but no postcards survived from this branch of the family.
What I post today is not from my ggrandfather, but from his son, grandpa Aldo, who went to the US in the '20 just to visit and come back!
This is what he sent home to his father, on Dec 4th, 1925.
It arrived in Genova, Italy on Dec 13th, 1925.