|Tillie Politi (lf), and Margaret Nunn|
The foggy weather this weekend provided the perfect setting for me to stay inside and work on organizing my mother’s 1940s photo collection. Getting set up took the most time; I organized photos by family, got acid and lignin free archive envelopes and laptop handy. I then typed up a list that included a brief description of each numbered photo. No more pawing through boxes and envelopes to find that one photo I had in mind.
During this process I came across several pictures of my aunt, Margaret Nunn with the same girl in the photo. My mother had identified this young lady as “Tillie Politi.” Mom said Tillie was a neighbor of the Nunns when they lived on Cruger Street in the Bronx.
I was curious about Tillie so I checked the 1930 Census and sure enough, the Politis lived just a few houses away from the Nunns. Joseph and Ernestine Politi were both born in Italy, coming to the U.S. in 1899; they had nine children, and Matilda (Tillie) was the third from last. Joseph Poletti did plaster work.
Tillie, thanks for being Margaret’s best friend.