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March, 1918 - De File
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March, 1918
I feel privileged to have had grandparents born in the nineteenth century. Because my father was born when his parents were in their early thirties and because I was born when he was nearly thirty-seven, I had the opportunity to experience directly what most people of my generation can only read about. I mean, how many members of Generation X were regaled with their grandfather's tale of the Battle of Jutland? My grandmother didn't talk as much about the past, but I still sensed it in her voice. Here is what she looked like shortly before turning twenty:

I have a number of images of her from the 1920s, after she and my grandfather had settled in New York. Some of the clothes she wore were then were pretty fabulous. I'll post an example one day. For now, though, I'll leave you with this picture of wartime, unmarried modesty.

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From: gbyebluemonday Date: May 9th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
she looks like my friend tailea:

or rather, Tailea resembles her, I suppose.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
She sure does! From what part of the Earth do Tailea's ancestors hail?

From: gbyebluemonday Date: May 9th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
she be irish, yo.
parilous From: parilous Date: May 9th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can see some of Bean in her -- the lips, the chin, the cheeks. Her eyes seem to carry her personality off the picture (and my screen), because looking at her, I definitely see a twinkle of wit and intelligence there. She's not dull like other pictures of seen, the ones where the women wear their defeat on their faces and the flatness of their eyes.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you for putting into words what I couldn't quite manage to verbalize myself. She definitely seems to have a zest to her. I knew her when she was already pretty old, obviously. She had major health problems. But she was strong-willed and full of a fierce love.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: May 10th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow, I love that photo! Her hair is really beautiful!
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