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