54a-Station Break-In the News 1934: The Dionne Quintuplets, Part 1


I thought it would be good to do a short posting about the Dionne Quintuplets since they were a big part of the popular culture of the mid-late 1930s. The world was fascinated by the five identical sisters. As with the Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, it seems like the keen interest the fans of the Quintuplets had provided a needed escape from the harsh realities of life during the Great Depression.  The Quintuplets were very important to Emily as the following family story relates.  From there Uncle Sammy and I present the research results on the Quints, as the press and public often referred to the Dionne Quintuplets.

Relationship Note

 Emily Leatrice Serrapede was born on April 18, 1931. She was the daughter of Josie and Sam; older sister of Jerry and Sammy; and EmilyAnn’s Mom.

Family Story: My name in French is Emilie!

Emily was 3 years old when the Dionne Quintuplets were born in 1934. One of them was named Emilie. A few years later Josie and Sam bought her a Dionne Quintuplet spoon with the name “Emelie” engraved on it. The handle of the spoon was shaped to represent a little girl that looked like one of the Quints. The figure on the spoon had clearly defined ringlets and wore a smock type dress. Emily was very possessive of that spoon. Another object she considered very precious was her blue Shirley Temple drinking glass. The spoon and the drinking glass were brought out only when the immediate family had a meal together. If cousins or friends were visiting Emily asked Josie not to take them out to show anyone. She also asked Josie not to tell anyone about them.

It’s not that she thought the spoon and drinking glass had any power to make her somebody special. It was the idea that they connected her to two well known children she followed with great interest through listening to the news on the radio or heard her parents mention if an article appeared in the newspapers. Sometimes Emily wondered what Shirley Temple was having for breakfast or what it was like when Emilie Dionne met news reporters and had her photo taken for the papers.

–as told by Emily L. Serrapede to her daughter EmilyAnn Frances May

There are no public domain images of the Dionne Quintuplet spoons or the blue cobalt Shirley Temple drinking glasses. I located good examples at some websites for which I provided links to in the Recommended Reading with photos section at the end of Part 2 this posting.

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Restoration of photos to postings is in progress

To my Friends and Family in real-time and here at WordPress:

You will notice photos are missing from many postings in this blog.  This is due to a decision at my former photo hosting service (Photobucket) to require their subscribers to paid accounts, as well as users of the free accounts, to be prepared for steep price increases for services.  In particular only those who pay the higher fees will be enabled to have their photos display at third party sites.

Without notifying subscribers by email, Photobucket has done such things in the past.  June through July 2017 saw many professional sites have their photos pulled and replaced by a placeholder telling them it was time to upgrade their Photobucket service.  Many businesses and vendors using Amazon were affected.  The damage continued as photos no longer displayed at blogs and forums.  Online tutorials were also damaged by the loss of their visuals.

On Friday 3/2/18 I notice a similar action being taken on some of the postings at my various blogs here at WordPress.  When I received an email reply from Photobucket Support I was told the problem was on my side:  I had to clear out cookies that had accumulated.  I did some research on the issue and learned about Photobucket’s escapades in July 2017.  At this point all my blogs were now having about 50% of their photos in “hostage” status until I signed up for the higher level of service and paid the higher fee.

Given that Photobucket’s server is painfully slow and bloated with ads and pop-ups I decided it was time to get out of the rut I’ve been in with their service.  I sent a second email telling them to cancel my subscription.  In return I received a reply telling me the techs were working on a solution to the problem.  I was also offered a discount on the higher priced “quality” service.

My subscription ends on April 19, 2018.  I made a decision to delete my photo albums so as to leave nothing there once April 19th comes.  Thanks to a good filing system and back-up I’m putting back the photos to each posting.  Now I am using WordPress for the blog and the photo uploading.  Of the 180 or so postings here I have put photos back for 90 postings.  Please do not be upset if your photos are temporarily not displaying.  I will get them over to WordPress and uploaded a little bit each day.  Also, remember that I work full time at a very busy job and have a long commute when I travel to the main office.

Things will get done all in good time.

53c-Serrapede Family in America: Emily Leatrice’s first studio portrait, 1932 Part 2


This posting is a continuation of 53c-Serrapede Family in America: Emily Leatrice’s first studio portrait, 1932 Part 1.

Albert Della Monica, the photographer and owner of the studio where Emily’s first portrait photo was taken, achieved the American Dream twice.  He not only achieved home ownership, he also owned his own business.  We thought his story was worth telling so we have presented the highlights of the Della Monica family’s history after arriving in America.

Albert Della Monica: Artist, businessman and homeowner

We don’t know why Albert used the name  Dell Monic on the label which he put on the picture frame for Emily Leatrice’s photo. Uncle Sammy thought the decorative elements to the left and right of the name on the label represented the letter “A”.  So we began our search using Della Monica.  A quick look-up in the 1933 Brooklyn City Directory proved Uncle Sammy was on target with the right name.

53c-Mom baby photo label

Close-up of the label on the frame of Emily Leatrice’s 1932 studio portrait.

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Photobucket is deleting photos!

You may notice that photos are missing from postings at this and my other blogs.

There is a major problem at Photobucket as reported on downdetector.com

Photos linked to a Photobucket account, like the ones on this blog, may be displaying a placeholder that says “Owner moved or deleted this photo.”  Well, that’s not true.  Photobucket accounts still display the photos in the accountholder’s library where photos are uploaded.  The problem is that there are also placeholders saying the photos are deleted.

I’ve tried to copy the links so I can add the media again here at WordPress but the fields where the links display cannot be clicked in.

About the only thing working right now at Photobucket are the pop-ups advertising more expensive services and third party hosting.

I will report back on how Photobucket responds to my email.

The reason why photos are missing is that Photobucket wants $400 a year for subscribers who want to do Third Party Hosting, such as posting photos to a blog using photos from the Photobucket albums.

I plan to cancel the Photobucket account and upload the photos to WordPress instead.  I’ve been using Photobucket for 13 years and was satisfied with the service despite the slowness.  In the past year it has deteriorated.