Friday

My mother recently sent me these photos she'd discovered of my grandmother. They're quite amazing - she had a great deal of style.
1941, wartime, having recently escaped war-torn Europe to make a new home in the US.
1930, Carnon, France. So young! And look at those legs!
1937, Holland (her husband's birth country), with my mum in her arms. My mum got all the Dutch and none of the French, it seems.
Look at that blouse and jacket! Oh my.

14 comments:

liza said...

Oh, so beautiful! Wow.

Juniper said...

What a find, you are so lucky to have real (un posed) natural photos of your grandmother when she was so young. She is striking and very long limbed as you say you and your mother are. What expressions, she seems like a very interesting woman. My what a bonny baby! Yes- that jacket and blouse are definitely cool - and so nicely tailored!

Patricia said...

Wow, I think you look on your grandmother.
And your mother....yes, she looks Dutch ;)
Beautiful!!....Happy New Year x

Ancarol said...

so elegance your mom : )

Katherine Alyce said...

how amazing! they're stunning.

Stacie said...

well now we know where you get it!these are amazing.

Erica said...

So beautiful.

anna said...

amazing pictures!

anna said...

(PS I already thought they are amazing before I read that these were taken in Holland ;))

liza said...

They are stunning. I can see where you get your sense of style.

FDChief said...

Genes are strange things. You don't exactly have Grandma's look...but from the waist down you could be twins - you very definitely got her long legs and strong feet. And you share that gracile, "Frenchwomen don't get fat" look overall.

Based on photos from Jacksonville, FL circa 1926 I am my maternal grandfather from shoulders to navel. Don't share his face and sadly I got my paternal side's tiny short legs. But the long torso? Grandpa McMillian.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

FDChief, yes, it always fascinates me to see how genes play out. Never predictable. My grandfather liked to say that I got my grandmother's legs and long, graceful hands. And her long feet are definitely mine. But she had extra-long and narrow legs, and a short, feminine torso. Me, I have a broad ribcage, broad shoulders, and an exceptionally long back - that part I think is from the Mexican side. As for the legs, she and I famously have the best legs in the family, but hers were much more attenuated and feminine. My legs have a lot of muscle. Also, we don't have the same face. But I think we have more in common than most people in the family. My mother got all the Dutch, in every detail - ice-blue eyes, blond hair, the beautiful high forehead that I have always coveted. Only thing I got from the Dutch part of the family was my height, which is shared by no one but my grandfather and his towering mother, who was six feet tall and gorgeous in an era that most women were much, much smaller.

Yoli said...

OMG Maia! You look just like her! She was so beautiful and I love that picture of your Mom. A gerber baby.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Gosh, I'm looking through your French photos and I lived in Carnon for 3 years virtually on the beach...