: In this photograph, Italian immigrant Florindo Dipinto operates his tool-grinding cart on the sidewalk in Cleveland, Ohio, ca. 1950-1960. Dipinto immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1913 at age 17. He originally settled in Chicago where he learned the tool-grinding trade from his uncle, Vincenzo Fabrizio. After one year of working with his uncle, he was able to purchase his own tool-grinding cart.
Before settling in Cleveland, he worked in a coal mine in Colorado; served briefly in the United States Army during World War I; operated his grinding cart in Youngstown, Ohio, and returned to Italy where he served in the Army and met his wife Maria. Between 1927 and 1961, Dipinto operated his grinding cart in Cleveland, sharpening tools for a variety of customers. He retired in 1961 and passed away in 1981. The grinding cart is part of the Ohio Historical Society museum collections. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL07057 Subjects
: Multicultural Ohio--Ethnic Communities; Immigrants--Ohio; Tools Places
: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)