Friday, August 28, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday on Friday!: 08/28/09: Powdered Sugar Can

Yes, I know it's Friday, but I was researching all day at the Family History Library yesterday and did not get a chance to do this post. Better late than never...

My mother had a special aluminum can for storing the powdered sugar she used to decorate her cakes and cookies. Whenever my mother would bake cakes or cookies for special occasions such as holidays, weddings, graduations, etc. she would take this can with her so that the items would be “perfect” when placed on the cookie trays. One time, while driving from Pittsburgh to Cleveland for one of my cousin’s bridal showers, my mother realized that she left this powdered sugar can behind and cajoled my father to turn the car around after an hour or so into the trip so she could retrieve it. Perhaps it was our imagination, but those cookies always did seem to taste better with a sprinkling of powdered sugar from that “magic can.” I now have the can in my kitchen cupboard.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 08/26/09: Verona Straka w/ niece, Mary Straka on Mary's Wedding Day

Verona Straka and Mary (Straka) Yuhasz, 1924, Duquesne, PA.

Original photo & Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: 08/20/09: Dress and Trunk

This is my first Treasure Chest Thursday post!  I decided to write about two family heirlooms in one post:  My grandmother's trunk and my mother's wedding dress.  The pictureshows both items. 
I was thinking about my Grandma Figlar's trunk not long ago when I visited Ellis Island (my third visit) and saw all of the baggage in the exhibit hall when you first walk in.  I wondered how she managed to carry this trunk with her all that way from Slovakia in 1922--in it all of her wordly possessions.  I also thought about how I travel today and everything I think I "need" but how she got by with just this trunk.  

I discovered this trunk in the coal cellar of my parents home many years ago.  There were all sorts of other items piled on top of it.  Inside the trunk was my mother's wedding dress--curled up into a ball in a plastic bag.  At the time my mother was still alive so I asked her about the dress.  She told me it was her wedding gown and that at one time had tried to wash it but when she did it shrank and she had thought she ruined it but could not throw it away.  So, she rolled it up and stuffed it in the trunk!  I have since had the garment professionally cleaned and stored away so that I can preserve it.  And I still have the trunk too.  These items are links to these two very special women in my life.

The photo was cropped during the process of preparing a combined image that eventually was used on the back cover of my book, Three Slovak Women.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: 08/19/09: Family Mystery Photo

Unidentified photograph from Alzo family photographic collection.

Original photo & Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 08/12/09: Baptismal Record 1894

Microfilmed copy of baptismal record from Slovakia for my paternal grandfather, Janos (John) Alzo, 1894.

Digital images. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2009

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: 08/05/09: Grandpap Alzo

My paternal grandfather, John Alzo, Sr. 1936, Duquesne, PA.

Original photo & Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2009