1942 - In April of 1942, all men who were between
the ages of 45 and 64 and not already in the military
were required to register for what is often referred
to as the "old man's draft." This particular
draft card is for Cosmo De Gennaro, born in Molfetta
and residing at the time in Massachusetts. An interesting
account of Molfettese immigration outside of the NJ/NY
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Four typical examples of Molfettese immigrants living
and working in Hoboken. As Longshoremen, Molfettese
men faced long hours, unsteady work, degrading "shape-up
roll calls," and nefarious underworld criminals.
On the other hand, the promise of work on the piers
undoubtedly created the "Molfie"
enclave in Hoboken.
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