With John Scarpati's Italian American Festival starting this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to post some articles and/or photos from the "AMERICAN-ITALIAN" and "CHAMBERSBURG" folders in the Hamilton Library's Local History Collection database.
This is a very interesting, revealing, and most importantly, a very early article that will give visitors to this blog an idea of how the local press covered newcomers to America and in this case, Trenton.
I still remember the shoe shine boys of Trenton in the 1950's. Usually one worked each side of State Street by Broad and then the Railroad Station had a few in the lobby. Seems to me there was on in the lobby of the Hotel Hildebrecht too.Ed Millerick
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Ralph Lucarella said...
HI TOM....SHOE SHINE BOYS ALONG WITH SELLING AND DELIVERING NEWSPAPPERS WERE THE PRIME FACTORS IN TRYING TO EARN A FEW DOLLARS FOR THE KIDS DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. OUR FATHERS WERE WORKING FOR FOOD ORDERS SO A LOT DEPENDED ON OTHERS IN THE FAMILY TO HELP OUT. I SOLD PAPERS DOWN TOWN FOR 2 CENTS AND EARNED A DIME OR TWO. OF COURSE THIS WAS IN THE 30'S AND THINGS STARTED TO GETR BETTER IN THE 40'S. BEST REGARDS
Wednesday, September 21, 2011