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steeley
02-04-2013, 10:03 PM
This story of Chef Domino Danzero .
What is unique about this he was also had a love of photography though his life
He has over 1056 images in the collection and after looking through them present the images of i picked out for you.
It is rather rare to find so much in one place of a chef .

so here we go.

Domino Danzero was born January 13, 1871, in a small town near Turin, Italy, to Giacomo and Angela Danzero. Upon immigrating to the United States at the age of 19, he held a variety of jobs before becoming a chef for the Harvey House restaurant chain, associated with the St. Louis & San Francisco (“Frisco”) Railroad Company. Domino’s position as chef and later as restaurant supervisor allowed him to utilize his photography skills, as he documented the communities and landscape along the Frisco line. From about 1900-1908, Danzero travelled between St. Louis and Galveston, Texas. He had special permission from Harvey House management to stop trains in order to photograph the local area. Domino met Bridget Roetto from Monett, Mo., while working for the Harvey House. They married in August of 1902 and made their home in Rogers, Ark. Bridget became his trusted business associate and helped manage the various businesses Domino founded throughout their 50-year marriage. They had two daughters; Angelina, born in 1903, and Leola, born in 1907. The family settled in Springfield, Mo., in 1907



Domino on the right
http://i.imgur.com/gwuSeykl.jpg

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:16 PM
toasting his wedding that's his wife in the center.
http://i.imgur.com/67f8ggdl.jpg

This is the Fred Harvey lunch room the train passengers would have a 20 minute stop .
http://i.imgur.com/JH56x84l.jpg

picture of crew
http://i.imgur.com/Yhr6Yvkl.jpg

chef making rolls .
http://i.imgur.com/TXwOCZwl.jpg

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:19 PM
chef and butcher.
http://i.imgur.com/FAwW0PG.jpg

and a close up
http://i.imgur.com/6yMbdYT.jpg

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:24 PM
Now being a good chef and a new husband Domino invested in a small bakery .
http://i.imgur.com/j0hWzQc.jpg

and he would deliver bread to house's
http://i.imgur.com/VkSb9ud.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/e4SW0b8.jpg

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:30 PM
and over time he outgrow his space and starting adding more items to be sold.
pies and pastries.
http://i.imgur.com/grucrRZ.jpg

the new space that is Domino in the new truck.
http://i.imgur.com/Q5s1lxnl.jpg

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:35 PM
his wine making and wife and daughter.
http://i.imgur.com/kw8Lh3Sl.jpg

In his new place he added macaroni and ravioli and a food line .
http://i.imgur.com/h4eU9Pal.jpg

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:40 PM
Chef also added a cafe.
http://i.imgur.com/IG71oBNl.jpg


Moving on up!
http://i.imgur.com/NHOlD55l.jpg

he was quite the success and traveled back to Italy many times and all over the states .

Chef you done good .

steeley
02-04-2013, 10:41 PM
Oh and one more i thought was cute .
http://i.imgur.com/MwmYfUXl.jpg

knyfeknerd
02-04-2013, 10:45 PM
Awesome story steeley. He was quite the entrepreneur. Not too bad of a photographer either! Do you know if any of these brands survive today?

steeley
02-04-2013, 11:12 PM
There are domino brands today but what ive seen so far i think after the 1950's it was sold or absorbed into a company.

chinacats
02-04-2013, 11:13 PM
Thanks Steeley, nice story and great pics especially for the time period!