I am so excited to share this beautiful wedding photo with you! May I introduce Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Lucy Tortorello of Newark, New Jersey! This is perhaps my favorite wedding photo! The bride is lovely in her white wedding gown, but the immense veil steals the show! Look at the embellishments around her head and at the end of the veil – gorgeous! The bouquet looks too large for the bride to hold! I counted 38 large roses – and I’m sure some are hidden in the photo! And standing beside his lovely bride is the handsome groom! The photo was taken at Roma Studio, 86 Broadway, Newark. I thought this was a 1920’s photo – and after a bit of research found out that was correct!
Sam Tortorello was born in 1903 in New Jersey. His parents, Bernarnino and Carmela Tortorello, along with older brothers Anthony and Joseph, immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1897, and were naturalized in 1918. In the 1920 Essex County, New Jersey, census Bernarnino and Carmela are both listed as 49, Anthony, 23, Joseph, 20, Samuel, 16, Tessie, 13, and John, 4.
Lucy was born November 23, 1903 in Nocera Infiore, Italy, to Vincent Nobile and Anna Sicignalo. The family immigrated to the United States in 1906. In the 1920 Essex County, New Jersey, census, Vincent and Anna are listed as 42, Lucy, 17, Frank, 14, Philip, 10, Irene, 8, John, 6, Ferdinand, 4, and Sophie, 2, and Ralph Sicignalo, 30, Anna’s brother.
In the 1930 census Sam and Lucy are newlyweds, Sam listed as 27, born in New Jersey, a tool maker at a machine shop. Lucy is listed as 26, born in Italy, married one year. In 1940 Sam and Lucy are listed with children Carmela, 9, named for her paternal grandmother, and Vincent, 6, named for his maternal grandfather. Lucy’s parents live next door.
Sam died in November of 1980. If Lucy were still alive they could possibly have been married 51 years. Does anyone know additional information about this couple?