|Stlla d'oro lilly|
I would have seen that movie with my grandma, Rose who loved the movies and who saved her money so that every Sunday after mass and dinner off we went downtown to one of our three theaters. Sometimes we would see 2 movies in an afternoon because her brother Bill was a projectionist at the local Liberty theater and he would likely get us in free. That left money for me to be sure to see a technicolor cowboys and Indians, which were my faves. I grew to like movies as much as she did and perhaps this one is not for children but it did not harm nor traumatize me. My Baba would talk to the screen, "that's right you bum, she ain't coming back to you..." Many other in the audience did the same back then but I do not recall anyone being annoyed by another's comment, people had similar to the same values and thought alike back then. Simpler central times where all was not bared to the world for judgement and rehashing.
If you are unfamiliar with this Elia Kazan 1952 black and white movie with Kim Hunter too it is based on the Tennessee Williams' play, I have a link here. Be aware there is a Verizon commercial before the clip is featured. http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/294987/Streetcar-NamedDesire-A-Movie-Clip-Stella-.html
|One clump of our Stella's|
|1945 Mom & Stella Janosky holding me|
The name Stella is seldom heard today but when I grew up it was common around western Pennsylvania and in the Polish families and . There was at least one Stella in every family, the one I recall most in ours was my grandma's niece, Stella Janosky who was Mary and Tommy's daughter and a close cousin of Mom's and Aunt Jinx. Stella never married and worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass; she and Aunt Jinx did many things together because they were both single working ladies who lived with their parents, old maids they were called back then. But Aunt Jinx married Uncle John later in life and that may have been the end of their times hanging out together. By then I was into my own self as a new teenager and I seldom saw Stella, it was as though she faded from the scene as my scene changed around my school life and activities. .
Recently I have met several young women names Alice and Lois, two more old names, but no Stella's. Still I wonder, whatever became of that old name?