Thursday, February 3, 2011


I spent some time this afternoon sorting old pictures to put in my scrap book.  My daughter put it together and gave it to me for Christmas two years ago.  I was so happy to receive it that I cried. She had spent hours searching through old pictures to find what she needed. When she had chosen what she wanted, she had the newer colour pictures copied into black and white or sepia toned. She used the original black and white copies.  The book is of four generations of women in my family. The first picture is of the four of us.
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Hillary and I,  my Nan, and my Mom. 
The book itself starts with pictures of my Nan with my Mom as an infant. It continues throughout my Mom’s childhood and teenage years.
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Then on to her as a young mother to me.  There are pictures of me as a baby and young child, on into me with Hillary as a newborn. The rest of the pictures are of Hillary throughout the years, up to when she left for university. I will be adding more pictures of Hillary, until (hopefully!) she has a daughter of her own. I hope this tradition carries on, so that the future daughters in my family are able to have a living record of the women before them.
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite pictures of my mom. When I was a baby, Mom worked at a high end jewellery store downtown.  The store also sold fine china and figurines.  Royal Doulton was doing an advertising campaign at the time, and approached my Mom to ‘model’ one of their figurines. 
The figurine debuted in 1957, and was called ‘Southern Belle’.  Mom wore this gown for six days, eight hours a day. It weighed twenty five pounds,and was designed four a twenty four inch waist!  Amazingly, Mom styled her own hair every day. At the end of the week, she was presented a copy of the figurine.
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This, along with the scrapbook, will hopefully be passed down to future daughters!
Have a great weekend!  Anne

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  1. What sweet pictures. I love the one of your mom dressed like the figurine. Precious.

    Thanks for linking up to Fridays Unfolded! I hope you'll be back again.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. really great post.I love the memory book (really like the black pages under the photos and the little photo mounts. Reminds me of an olde timey album.

    That is quite a story about your mom. She was beautiful and wow a 24 inch waist? She must have never eaten much. Great photo to always treasure.

    God Bless,

  3. Wow. You're so fortunate to be aware of family history like that. And to have photos to go along with those memories is extra special!

  4. What an absolutely beautiful idea... I hope your daughter continues on the tradition with her children too!
    Your mother is just lovely, in fact as are all you womenfolk!

  5. That's the coolest story ever! How fun to get the figurine and have the picture, too.

    Thanks for stopping by to comment on my blog! Funny you should mention legwarmers and fingerless gloves - I decided to make the sweater boots instead of legwarmers and I tried really hard to make fingerless gloves and failed three times - so I gave up. There was only the hood left at that point! :)

  6. thanks for sharing and linking up! can't wait to see what you have for next week!

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  8. what a precious memory of your mother in picture & figurine!!

  9. What a nice gift your daughter gave you. I love the heirlooms and memories you have shared.
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  11. What a great idea, to copy photos into black and white. And I can't believe your mom did her own hair like that, it's so perfect. What a treasure that album is. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  12. your mom looked amazing in that outfit! i can't imagine having to wear it all the days and hours that she did!