Figure 1.--This portrait is of my mother and her little brother Michael. It was taken in 1925.
This is a portrait of Marie and Michael Guadango taken in Staten Island, New York during 1925. Note that Michael is wearing a dress, which was the traditional garment for young children both boys and girls in this family. Both my grandmother and grandfather were immigrants from Italy. Grandfather was a mudsic arranger and worked for the big bands in the late 1930s and early 40s. My grandmother was a seamstress. The clothes worn by my mother were hand made by grandmother. Both of my grandparents were from Naples and their marrigae was prearranged by the families. They were married here in the United States after grandmother arrived in 1912. Mother was born April 22, 1918. She would have been 6-7 years old in this portrait. My Uncle Michael was born February 22, 1922. He would have been about 2 years old. Mother passed away December 12,2000. Uncle Michael is still living and resides in New Jersey.
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