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KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 1940'S - PHOTO BY DUNCAN KEITH CORINALDI | by EYZWIDESHUT
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KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 1940'S - PHOTO BY DUNCAN KEITH CORINALDI

There are still a few of these old postcards floating around with photos taken by my Father's Uncle, Duncan Corinaldi.

 

My ancestor's were Portugese Jews who fled from what is now Northern Italy, to escape the Inquisition that threatened their lives.

 

Christopher Columbus's navigator was also a Portugese Jew, and was the one who shipped this prescious cargo to the Island of Jamaica to settle and grow coffee, etc. for export and trade.

 

My father was born and raised on this island, and spent school holidays with his father's family and would often accompany his Uncle Duncan to photo shoots - there are some postcards that he recognised as a place he accompanied his uncle to.

 

Later, after the Second World War, my Great Uncle immigrated to New York City, where he was a photographer for National Geographic and later directed some of the early movies that came our of New York before Hollywood became the movie making capital.

 

I like to think that I inherited his photography gene, which is why these photos are so precious to me...plus the fact that so many old pictures etc. that were part of my heritage, were destroyed as plantations were burned to the ground.

 

This postcard is as I saved it from the internet, with just a little sharpening and clarifying to bring out the details that were made less vivid with age, and the scanning process.

 

NOTE: Since my Great Uncle has been dead for over 50 years, as I understand the law as reproduced in the "Rules" section of this group, his copywrite is no longer valid. Besides, if he were still alive, I am sure he would want a direct descendant to watch over his work, and give it the exposure it deserves :)

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Taken on September 5, 2009