On July 26, 1956 the big news in Philadelphia was that the mayor, Richardson Dilworth, was on the Italian liner Andrea Doria which had collided with the SS Stockholm the previous night. It was the first big TV media event as the local outlets scrambled to cover the tragedy. Among the less well known persons aboard the Andrea Doria were Giuseppe Della Valle and his son Lorenzo who had boarded in Naples on their way to Philadelphia.
Five years later Lorenzo made history in opening his own barber shop in Frankford. Now, 50 years later Lorenzo continues to watch the parade of activity from his window on Frankford Avenue near Harrison Street. Read the piece here by John Loftus in the Northeast Times for an update on Lorenzo.
Happy anniversary and many more to come.