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Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby adamspatr » 14 Aug 2013, 07:37

The attached photo of my 2nd great grandfather shows him wearing several Italian Society Ribbons. I know it's hard to read, but I need translation of the writing on the ribbons. Its curious that the photo shows photographer was in Hawley, PA, but I can make out one of the ribbons has our city of Kansas City on it.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby erudita74 » 14 Aug 2013, 12:36

Ribbon on the left-

Societa` Italo
Americana
Mutuo Soccarso
Galileo Galilei
Kansas City

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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby adamspatr » 15 Aug 2013, 05:57

Thank you,Erudita.

Anyone know of this Galileo Galilei Society? or where I might find any records of them?
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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby adamspatr » 15 Aug 2013, 06:06

Mutuo Soccarso Galileo Galilei translates to mutual aid of Galileo?
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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby Tessa78 » 15 Aug 2013, 15:57

The photo was taken at a studio in Hawley, PA.
The Columbia Italian American Society still exists in Hawley.
Maybe they can provide some insight...

Address:
Columbia Italian American Club Inc - Hawley, Pennsylvania
3334 Hemlock Farms
18428-9145


Some links
http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/PA/Colum ... b-Inc.html
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... =firefox-a

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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby erudita74 » 15 Aug 2013, 16:09

Here's a link which just indicates that the society filed in the state of Missouri on April 18, 1893. Other than that, I can't find any specific info about it.

http://www.bizapedia.com/mo/SOCIETA-ITA ... LILEI.html

In general though, mutual aid societies were normally formed by newly arrived immigrants with other men from their own native villages. The earlier ones pretty much restricted their activities to traditional mutual aid-helping members financially in times of illness or helping a member's family when he died. These societies though also provided members with a weekend place where they could communicate with others from their native towns in their native dialects, where they could keep their old country customs alive, and basically with a place where they could socialize with others from their native villages. Some of these societies were actually offshoots of ones that had already existed in the native village. A lot of Italian immigrants though actually shied away from these, as they viewed them as charitable organizations and they preferred to reach out to other family members, and not strangers, in times of need. Ultimately, these societies also gave their members an opportunity to establish ties with labor agents, who could facilitate their job searches, and with small bankers who could help them with their savings and sending money back to their native country.

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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby adamspatr » 15 Aug 2013, 17:43

Thanks Tessa and Erudita for the links and great info!
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Re: Need a translation of writing on photo please

Postby erudita74 » 15 Aug 2013, 17:50

adamspatr wrote:Thanks Tessa and Erudita for the links and great info!


You're very welcome
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