Little Italy Erie, PA ~ Grandma survived the Great Depression and continued to live that way into the 1980s: Christine’s Chronicles

Even though it was 1980, Grandma Augustina (Sunseri) Frazzini on W. 18th lived as though the great Depression was still going on.

Her electric bill was about $5 a month because her house remained unlit after dark, and she bought a month’s worth of groceries at Erie County Farms for $20 including chicken feet and necks.

Beyond that, she was still doing ironing on the side for 50¢ a bushel. I remember scolding her to raise the price to a dollar and her adamant refusal.

Here she is near the side porch of her home, happy about the thrift store find she is holding in her hands. Her favorite was the St. Martin’s thrift store on W. 18th.


❤❤❤ Love you Grandma ❤❤❤

Photo by Robert White

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2 Responses to Little Italy Erie, PA ~ Grandma survived the Great Depression and continued to live that way into the 1980s: Christine’s Chronicles

  1. Henry J. Francisco (now H. John Henry in Camden, NJ http://www.portwhitmantimes.com/) grew up at 528 West 18th Street in back of Henry’s Ice Cream Store which his Father Henry J. Francisco also grew up there, where his father Joseph Francisco had a store, which was his speakeasy back in The Day. HJH

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