Incredible Black and White Saint Peter’s Fiesta Altars 1939 and ??? From Hilary McKinnon

Hilary writes-

These were probably taken by my mother’s side of the family Vigrinia Frontiero (nee Piscatello) daughter of Michael and Mary Frontiero the larger one may be by her as she always had a camera glued to her hand and the one from ’39 I couldn’t say I don’t think she’s quite that old and won’t tell me anyways. She lived on Gould court most all of her life until she got married in ’53 and I came along in ’54. My bedroom widow faced the church, that we were forbidden to enter but I saw it about 3 years ago during a my granddaughter’s christening. On your video of the Sargent house you can see it off to the left on the opening shot, although you mentioned it being a stones throw away. Great video, another place they never let me in, steps like that can be seen at the library too I think.

Altar date unknownFiesta altar 1939


  • Wow, so elaborate–beautiful to see–thank you for sharing. I wonder how they were made, and by whom??


    • “st. Peter’s Fiesta through the years”, put together by Jamie Burnham and Joe Palmisano in 2001 will answer that question and lots of others. still in print, i think. the bookstore, cape ann museum might have em. sawyer free library certainly does.


    • Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

      I remember the shrine being made up of paper, tin foil and commonpins.
      Many hours spent with the Italian designer and his sons were spent in this ardious task.


  • I should mentioned that mom is now Virginia McKinnon after marring my father Bob in ’53 (he’s in the hospital now, had a stroke thursday) but her maiden name was Frontiero


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