On January 6, 1922, The New York Times printed a list of newly chartered corporations in New York State, including American International Art Exposition in Brooklyn, New York, shown above.
The company had three partners: D. (Donato/Donatus) Buongiorno, G. (Giocomo, also known as James) Visconti, V. Marino.
M. (Michael) C. D’Agrosa of 261 Broadway is listed as attorney.
Very eye-popping is the capitalization of the company: $25,000.
I haven’t been able to find out anything else about this company. It wasn’t listed in directories or phone books, and I find no evidence of its activities in art business publications of the period.
I discovered some information about partner James Visconti. A photographer in Brooklyn, Visconti took over a photography business from his father. It was located at several addresses in Brooklyn from the 1890s through 1920s.
Visconti signed Buongiorno’s 1919 passport application as a witness testifying to his identity, having known him for 22 years, and probably also took the photograph of Buongiorno in the passport.
A local address in Brooklyn which Buongiorno provided upon re-entering the U.S. in 1922 may have been Visconti’s home.
I also located several business addresses for lawyer D’Agrosa and evidence of legal work for other companies.
American International Art Exposition, Inc. is a mystery. With $25,000 involved, I would love to solve it. Do you know anything about the company or any of these men? If so, please write to me, privately at this e-mail or leave a comment below.
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