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Lisbon to New York—with a detour to Havana

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The Ringel family crossed from Lisbon on the SS Guine—but their entry to the U.S. was anything but routine.

The Rabinowitz family in Jewish Harlem

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Joseph and Lena Rabinowitz were Russian immigrants who ran a corner grocery in Jewish Harlem. Their nine children were native Americans.

Young man on the make in the Roaring Twenties

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Walter Ruby hustled his way as a traveling silver salesman, with some career side trips into boxing promotion and medicinal alcohol.

Walter Ruby and the Carioca Cooler

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The U.S. liquor industry took off after the repeal of Prohibition. Walter Ruby was the marketing manager for American Spirits.

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