UPDATE on ITALIAN MASTER CARVER, LUIGI DEL BIANCO: MOUNT RUSHMORE FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED LUIGI DEL BIANCO!

NEWSFLASH: THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HAS FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT LUIGI DEL BIANCO WAS, IN FACT, THE CHIEF CARVER OF MOUNT RUSHMORE!!!

Artist Luigi Del Bianco

Since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore, the staff of the National Park Service has been posting short bios of the Mt. Rushmore workers, on their official Facebook page. Well, after 25 years, the National Park Service has finally acknowledged that Luigi Del Bianco was in fact the “Chief Carver!” Permanent recognition at the mountain is what we are really after, but this is a break through, and a start in the right direction!

Here’s Luigi Biography, as told by the National Park Service: 

Artist Luigi Del Bianco came to work at Mount Rushmore at the request of Gutzon Borglum, the designer and engineer of the stone sculpture. Luigi Del Bianco worked for Mr. Borglum during the seasons of 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1940. He was a Senior Driller until the end of July in 1935 when Mr. Borglum designated him Chief Carver. Del Bianco was a trained stone carver originally from Italy who had worked for Mr. Borglum before the Mount Rushmore Project began. Mr. Del Bianco resided in Port Chester New York where he had a successful stone carving business. After his work on Mount Rushmore, he moved back east to resume his stone carving business.

WON’T YOU TAKE A SECOND TO CLICK ON THE FACEBOOK LINK BELOW  AND “LIKE” LUIGI’S PHOTO? Thank you! 

Let’s let the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE know that LUIGI has a lot of fans all over the country!!

https://www.facebook.com/146142078740561/photos/a.790675327620563.1073741828.146142078740561/1129406293747463/?type=3&theater

WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON OUR FINAL PUSH TO GET LUIGI RECOGNIZED AT MOUNT RUSHMORE. WE ARE ALMOST THERE! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

Douglas Gladstone

http://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781599540672/carving-a-niche-for-himself-the-untold-story-of-luigi-del-bianco-and-mount-rushmore.aspx

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Talking about Antimo…

Italian Harlem

Grandpa Antimo Puca While interviewing my cousin Herby for family recollections, he mentioned that our grandfather, Antimo (Tony) operated a produce store, around the corner from Arthur Avenue (across from St.Barnabus Hospital.) *Note: The timeline for this story is around the mid to late 1950’s.* Herby clearly recalled the fact that, written on the storefront awning, were the words, “Tony’s Live and Let Live…” Hence, Tony’s favorite quote was, “Live and Let Live!
Antimo Puca was the second child born to Stefano Puca and Teresina Milo. He was born in the small town of Sant’Antimo, Naples, on the 25th day of August, 1896. The first child born to his parents was a boy named Antimo. He was named in the traditional fashion, to honor Stefano’s father, Antimo Puca. Tragically, this baby died. Perhaps he died from the Cholera epidemic which was running rampant across Italy, at that time. Anyway, when the second child…

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“Wedding Procession (Sippiciano, Campania)” by Anthony Riccio

1973

Photographed by Anthony Riccio

“Wedding Procession (Sippiciano, Campania)” by Anthony Riccio.


Neapolitan song history

Fabulous blog,which celebrates the neapolitan song!

ITALIAN CULTURE - Made in Italy -

NEAPOLITAN SONG

 

“…e i’ so’ napulitano
e si nun canto io moro!”

[… I’m Neapolitan and if don’t sing I die!]

For Neapolitan people the passion for the music and the wish to sing get deep roots.

Undoubtedly, Naples has played an important and vibrant role over the centuries not just in the music of Italy, but in the general history of western European musical traditions.

Even In America, Neapolitan music is very popular, from the casinos of Atlantic City and the streets of New York’s Italian neighbourhoods to the remotest corners of the country.

The classic “Canzone napoletana” (Neapolitan song) is a mix between the ancient popular singing and folkloristic singing.  Historically, the siren Parthenope singing  maybe,  characterized the popular singing of this population as a song that was born from love to clear hurdles and become undying.

The “popular singing” is the singing of the…

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Canzone Napoletana-Click on link below

Canzone Napoletana-Click on link below


On Flickr-Thanksgiving Dinner 1947-East Harlem

Family Reunion 1947 by See El Photo
Family Reunion 1947, a photo by See El Photo on Flickr.


Arrival Of Immigrants – Ellis Island 1906

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