I want to dedicate this first post to my grandparents, Peggy and Tony Lombardo, who both passed away fairly recently at the age of 90.
While packing up their belongings a little less than a year ago, I came across a truly astounding archive of their black and white photographs, many of which were taken as early as the 1930s.
Now as someone who loves city photography, I can’t explain how much finding this archive excited me. Many of the photos included the tar-rooftops, stoops, street-corners and buildings of the city, where my grandparents had spent their entire lives.
Left: Tony looking sharp on rooftop (on left).
But also, this archive was not strictly comprised of posed ‘family’ shots. Many of the photographs include candid views of my grandparents and their friends and family hanging out in the city, unaware of the camera.
I will be including these photographs and excerpts of letters I found throughout this blog as I get a chance to scan them in and type them up. I also found 5 booklets with amazing typed narratives and photos of my grandfather’s mid 20s road-trips with 4 of his close friends, which I will add in eventually.
While these photos are wonderful historical treasures of my grandparents’ lives and the city in general, the thing that makes me the happiest is that there is an overwhelming theme of joy throughout. It is clear that my grandparents had both led very full lives with lots of friends and laughter.
I hope that you enjoy these photos as much as I do.
Right: The Tar Beach (Tony Playing Ukulele in the Middle).