Paging Through Time: A Family Portrait and the Story It Tells

Apr 06, 2022 250

The old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” can literally apply to my vintage Leto family portrait (circa 1923). This famiglia photo of my Italian immigrant grandparents and their second-generation children tells a cherished story.

This well-staged family portrait is a precious heirloom, a museum-quality artifact, a forever keepsake to us who were so fortunate to call Francesco and Caterina (Tropiano) Leto our grandparents. This story begins like most did, with the well-documented Great Arrival of Italian Americans from the 1880s to the 1920s.

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