Monday, January 18, 2010

Hats of the DeAngelis Family

This week's edition of "Kids in Hats" features some good hats from my own family. The dashing fellow in the fur-lined cape and jaunty fedora is my great-great-grandfather, Benjamin DeAngelis. My great-grandfather, Americo Ilario DeAngelis, is the young teenager in the middle of the back row. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1892, so this photograph was probably taken between 1905 and 1910. The other people in the picture are my great-great grandmother, Maria Carmine Venditti, and my grandfather's aunts and uncles: Maria Antonia (the eldest), Andia (the scowling 11-year-old), Giovanni, Manfredo, Italia, and Reno. The man second from the left is Maria Antonia's husband.

Besides Benjamin's sartorial splendor, there are several notable hats in this photo. I am particularly fond of the Pillsbury doughboy look on Italia (bottom left).

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