June 19, 2012: And More Finds
Today, The Washington Post ran an article about a new
exhibit opened at The National Archives:
“Attachments: Faces and Stories From
America’s Gates,” a new National Archives exhibit, uses
documents and photographs that were “attached” to government
forms to tell the stories of immigrants to the United States
between 1880 to the end of World War II.
The photo caption reads “Pasquale Taraffo, an
Italian musician, in 1926 with his fanciful harp guitar. The
photo was designed to prove Taraffo’s profession so he could
enter the United States to perform.” – National Archives
Apparently, this photo was found in a "dead
letter" file. The date is curious, as Tarrafo is
believed to have first entered the States in December, 1928 for
his first North American tour. This photo was also used
for his New York Gallo
Theater promotional poster, the only occurrence of this
image. I'd like to know more about the background of this
interesting "designed to prove Taraffo's profession"
scenario, including the suspect dating provenance.