romanies reunited

Parruka tutu ta atch misto

(Thank you and stay well)

bill stanley 1920
arough

   GYPSIES WINTER

Extract from The Sunday Herald Syracuse Dec 11th 1898
BY NO MEANS ONE OF DISCONTENTTHEY ARE ALL COMFORTABLEWHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THE SNOW FLIES SOME FAMILIES HAVE HUTS AND WAGONS AND OTHERS OWN COMFORTABLE CITY HOMES

There is a charm apparent to all in the life of a gypsy ,in summer when the roads are good, the hedges are green and the pasturage on the strips of no man's land and a tent is an ideal shelter.
But when winter comes it is another matter, what do the Gypsies do then ?
In Scotland as anyone knows who has read Guy Mannering the Gypsies have villages or permanent camps, to which they resort in the winter and in which for the last century or more they have remained throughout most of the year.
 But in England & America the Gypsies have no such permanent camps, they shift themselves as best as they can.
There are certain families Costello & Whartons and others who travel southwards as Autumn approaches and pass the winter in Florida or along the Gulf Coast.
 I have met them camped by the Levees of New Yor. They usually stay close to some city to permit of fortune telling and horse trading Here they live much as they would in the Northern States in Summer.
The Gypsies of California and those along the Pacific coast have such mild weather they have no need to travel southwards.
But its the Gypsy who remains in the North who is confronted by a serious problem, which he resloves in various ways, some families there are who by sheer hardihood live through the Winter with no other Shelter than huts & wagons.
 Old Plato Buckland a gypsy made famous by the writings of Groome in England passed such a winter when he first visited America, with his family he remained in the Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania when the snow was up to the hubs of the wagons. He had small portable stoves in the Tents and boards down wherever possible to stop their feet coming into contact with the frozen ground, paths are cleared about the tents and wagons and a rough shelter is made for the horses, no one complained of the hardship and there was no sickness in the camp the hardest problem was hay and feed for the horses this had to be purchased as there was no pasturage.
There are a number of Gypsies families who have grown rich like the Stanleys of Dayton Ohio, the Coopers of Summervile Massachussetts, the Hickes of Holyoke These families own houses which they close in summer and take themselves to the roads in luxurious vans then in winter they return to their city homes. They are none the less true Gypsies, because they own houses and they love the free life none the less because they escape some of the rigors of Winter within Doors.

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  EX QUEEN ANNIE STANLEY

AUG 31st 1921:-
She is Queen Ann Stanley of all American Gypsies, 5 years ago she ruled with King Gus Stanley now dead over 75.000 followers a imgrating horde who obeyed her command. When WW2 came her people wanted freedom so fell her throne and crown. She says the people all want freedom maybe its for the best .
 

annie