Back on May 13th of this year I posted the picture below of Giuseppe (Joseph) Marvulli and his beautiful wife Lucia and baby girl Rose. In the posting Rose was only partially visible but thank you to my cousin Toni for getting the full photo to me courtesy of Vita Andreoli nee Caso.
Photo very late 1904 early 1905
Look at Rose so tiny and sitting so princess like, almost floating it seems in air. I can see just a faint making of a board that must be suspended across the arms of the chair, and you can make out a strap across her chest and a hunt of the buckle.
Giuseppe/Joseph is my 2x great Uncle – brother to my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli.
Written on the May 13th
I can not get over the gentleness in the face of Lucia and just how beautiful she truly was. Sadly, as I have written before, Lucia passed away on the 11 June 1908, in Grumo Appula, Italy, just three years after the birth of Vera.
In this photo, Lucia is pregnant with 2nd daughter Vera/Vita. Vera was born in 1905.
The story that was shared with me was that after Lucia died Giuseppe was forced to put Rose into an orphanage as he was not able to care for both children. Lucia’s mother, Vita DiGirolamo nee Serveddio actually wet nursed her grand baby. After some time, Giuseppe, in a better position, had Rose return home.
A very big thank you to Vita Andreoli for sharing her memories and this photo with me to share with you 🙂
I posted the photo on the FB page of Random Acts of Photo Restoration and this wonderful restoration of the photo was done by Jeff Lentz. I think he did a great job in removing some of the shadowing and gave it a nice crisp look.