Italian A Day – Charlie Del Vecchio

Mar 24, 2015 908

My father, Charlie (Marcellino) Del Vecchio was born January 9, 1911 in Rome, New York. Both of his parents had emigrated from southern Italy (Campania) at the turn-of-the-century, so he was a first generation born Italian American.

Upon graduating from the Rome Free Academy, he worked for a short period for a photographic studio in Watertown, NY. Then, in 1930, he moved to Washington, DC to work for Harris & Ewing. At that time, Harris and Ewing was the largest photographic studio in DC and took the official portraits of Presidents and other officials from Roosevelt to Eisenhower. It was at Harris and Ewing that my father really learned his trade.

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