This is a little souvenir book of thirty black and white photographs of Palermo, Sicily. You can open it up, and it’s eight feet of a souvenir wonderland.
On the reverse of each photograph, there is a description written in Italian, French, English, and German. There’s even a little city map on the back page, just in case you need to find the theater or nearest church.
I found this little gem at an estate sale recently. It was crammed under a stack of larger books. What a surprise! Though each picture is striking in black and white, it would have been fun to see them in glorious full color, too.
It isn’t dated or copyrighted, so my best guess this is circa 1929, based on similar Sicilian and Italian memento books I was lucky enough to find in my research. If you look at the cars and the clothing here, particularly the ladies’ clothing, it does make that timeframe feasible.
Life appears busy, yet peaceful, with the daily grind looking so pretty and nostalgic, though by this time Benito Mussolini was in power and already successfully limited personal liberties. The War was still about ten years out.
The back of the book features a nifty scene of a family in their fancy donkey cart.
One thing that surprised me the most are the cacti in Sicily; I never knew!
I am excited to share this with you; it’s something that I don’t think everyone finds every day. I am offering it for sale via my Etsy shop, so please take a look if you are interested by CLICKING HERE. There you can see the front cover and more information.
There are so many unique and curious things I find in my adventures, and I’m glad to share them with you—
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