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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:09 am    Post subject: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Ok so as I mentioned in an earlier post... I have pretty much every picture my family has, not only being an only grandchild, but the only grandchild of the oldest child. Needless to say everything ended up here in my condo.

I wanted to share The Bianco Saga...

My Great-Grandfather Diego Domenico (John) Bianco (1898-1934) arrived with his parents (Paolo & Maria Antonia (Fontana) Bianco) at Ellis Island in 1906, he was a native of Novara di Sicilia, Provincia Messina, Sicily



He met and married my Great-Grandmother Rosa Maria Fusco in 1917



They had my grandfather Paolino "Paul" Bianco a year later...



My Great-Grandfather Diego grew to be a friend and business associate of:



Lucky Luciano

Through Luciano's influence My great-grandfather became the head of Western Massachusetts Crime Family, essentially "The Godfather"

He made a great deal of money through Bootlegging and "The Rackets"

He was always traveling to escape attempts on his life, here is a card he sent to his 5 year old son (my Nono Bianco) from Miami in 1924




He died in 1934, leaving his widow and three young sons Millions, in the height of The Great Depression. My great-grandmother had seen so much of what life was like as the wife of a "mafioso". My grandfather (her son) had been sent to Italy twice before the age of 10, the result of threats on his young life as his father was conveniently absent.

My Nona was able to disconnect herself and her family once her husband met his untimely death at the age of 36.

She invested her late husband's money very wisely, and became one of Springfield's most successful real estate developers.

more to come....

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:45 am    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

WOW! Fascinating!! Good for your great grandmother!! I can't wait to hear more. hide

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:51 am    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Oh, man!!! here I was reading this and you leave it on "cliffhanger" mode Confused


*Whaps Jim*


*Whaps Cathy just 'cause* kiss

Jim, I really enjoyed reading and seeing those photos. You are very fortunate to have all the family treasures Wink Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

I'm with Liz, don't leave us hanging!!!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:35 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Jim, I love how you are intertwining the pictures with the story. Great story telling technique. Kinda cool to have such a colorful history!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:45 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Jim.............is this a story about your John Bianco????? I don't have a subscription but it gives the first paragraph.......pretty interesting!!

select.nytimes.com/gst...ohn+bianco

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Holy <BLEEP> .....

This is fascinating stuff James! I always knew you had an interesting life, but.....

DON'T keep us hanging!

Which reminds me......Ms. Carole. I'm waiting on the next chapter in the "Saga".

I think you two should be writing books!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

BillieDeKid wrote:
Jim.............is this a story about your John Bianco????? I don't have a subscription but it gives the first paragraph.......pretty interesting!!

select.nytimes.com/gst...ohn+bianco

No, thank God!! Yikes..

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Awesome....I want to hear more. Liz..you should clean up some of Jims pictures for him.. hide *whaps self and whaps Jim too*

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Wow-wee, Billie. That was some blurb from the NY Times. Jim, your story is thrilling. I wonder if your John 's exploits made the paper too.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

You have to admit Jim..........it's an interesting story!!! And I agree, you should write a book on your family history, I for one would be thrilled to read it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

At the risk of getting whapped by Liz again, I have to say, I'd buy the book too. The pictures help make the story even better. I love that old postcard. Does anyone know what it says?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

WOW !!! James,

Don't you feel like you hit the jackpot!!

Those are some great pictures.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bianco Saga, Part 1 Reply with quote

Awesome! Post more Jim! I love the pictures, and I know what you mean I have tons of pictures too, not as maney as I would like but still a lot. This is so cool.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Some more photos... Reply with quote

Does anyone know if there is a way to restore/improve a tintype?

I have all these pictures from my great-grandfather Diego Bianco's travels (he was always on the go after 1930 when things began to get heated) I am surprised they still made Tintypes that late, but given my great-grandfather was born in 1898 it is quite obvious they still did.

Here are three.. from what I have been told he was a boxer in his teens.






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