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Greeting on photograph

Postby Scarlett227 » 05 May 2008, 00:39

Hello,

We have some family photographs with the term "Cara patina..." on them as a greeting. (I'm not sure if the first letter is a p, but it's my best guess).

Can anyone tell us what it means?
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby liviomoreno » 05 May 2008, 04:50

If you post the photographs, we may help...
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby Scarlett227 » 05 May 2008, 13:49

OK! They are at my mom's house so I'll need to get them next weekend. If I scan them into the computer, how best to post them here so you can see them?

Thank you so much! We tried using babelfish, but I think we are not identifying some of the letters of the writer correctly.
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby liviomoreno » 05 May 2008, 14:49

Scarlett227 wrote:OK! They are at my mom's house so I'll need to get them next weekend. If I scan them into the computer, how best to post them here so you can see them?

Thank you so much! We tried using babelfish, but I think we are not identifying some of the letters of the writer correctly.

You may upload them to imageshck (or similar) and provide the link in the post.
This link http://e-lore.com/wiki/Using_Imageshack gives you instructions on imageshack
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby Emmy » 05 May 2008, 18:21

Cara Patina
(Dear Godmother)

This is how the child I was Godmother to begins her letters to me.

The mother of the child refers to me as 'Comare'

So it seems that it was either the Godmother writing to the child. Or the child (who could perhaps be an adult now) writing to her Godmother.

This could be a dialect, but not sure about that?!
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby Julo » 05 May 2008, 19:02

Patina could be mispelled. I have a hunch it could be, like Emmy writes, the sicilian dialect word for Godmother but it is spelled PARRINA. And it would be the child writing to the godmother not the opposite.
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby Scarlett227 » 06 May 2008, 15:44

It's very likely it could be godmother. The niece lived in Pietrelcina/Naples, Italy (but not Sicily) and was writing to her aunt, possible godmother, who lived in the U.S. One of the words we did translate looked like finace, so I'm guessing the niece sent photos of her fiance and later husband?

I'll get those photos Sunday and scan in the backs for you all to take a look. I'm just learning about the handwriting from the Nelson book, though these photos are circa 1940s-1960s and it's a little more modern than what would be on the vital records. :)
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Re: Greeting on photograph

Postby Scarlett227 » 16 May 2008, 03:53

I apologize for posting this twice. I put it under the wrong topic and wasn't sure how to delete it from there.

Here are the links for 6 photos which have Italian greetings written on the back. Any translation help is most appreciated! Thanks, Debby

P.S. Email is fine too if you would prefer to contact me directly.

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