Susan Marie Molloy

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Back in Time: Palermo, Sicily Between the Wars


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—

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

5 thoughts on “Back in Time: Palermo, Sicily Between the Wars

  1. Love these old pics/ Thanks for sharing them

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  2. It makes me feel as though I’ve been there……….

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