Thursday, October 14, 2010

Grandma


Anne Ruskan Dowd, my maternal grandmother, 1945.

Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandmother's passing. I've been saving this post for a while, and yet I find I can't quite hit the nail on the head for what I'd like to say. Somehow, my sentiments don't seem to fit just right, or come up short, or feel contrived. I suppose the best way is to let the pictures speak for themselves! It has been a very difficult year, but I'm really excited to share these with all of you, since I know so many love to look at and take inspiration from vintage photographs. These are a few of my favorites of my grandmother, who besides her completely perfect sense of style, was lovely and full of kindness and grace. I hope you all enjoy them :)


At Point Pleasant, NJ, 1948




Anne and Tom, 1964, in a photobooth in NYC.


At Tom's Rive, NY 1948(ish).


At 48 E. 16th St., in Bayonne NJ 1946/7


My grandparents with my mother and my two aunts.

35 comments:

  1. Love those vintage photos. They are the coolest things to have to remember her. She looks like such a fun person! :)
    My paternal grandmother passed away almost a year ago and unfortunately she never had photos of her youth because she grew up in a small village in Italy and migrated to Australia with no money. They couldn't afford cameras.

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  3. Thank you for sharing, they are lovely pictures. Grandparents are so special. x

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  4. i don't have any photos of my grandparents other than the ones of their weddings. i live on a small island in the mediterranean and cameras only came into popular use after they had passed (three of them were still young). love your grandma's photos. you look a lot like her.

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  5. Oh my gosh, these are fabulous! Especially the first one. You are so so lucky to have them-- I don't have anything like that from my grandmothers (I only have one photo of my paternal grandma since she died way before I was born). But it's okay, I always love when other people have gorgeous family photos like this.

    And your grandpa looks eerily similar to my maternal grandpa! Wow. That actually gave me a shock for a second, haha.

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  6. she looks great!!! a couple of years ago I saw pictures of my grand and I was O_O she was very modern!!! wearing nice clothes and with a marilyn hair!!!! I know that for americans it could be normal but at that time in Spain we have a dictatorship and it was not well accepted this behaviour..she was a pioneer :D I am proud of her and also now with 70 she looks amazing!!!

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  7. beautiful vintage photos. you're family is gorgeous :)

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  8. What a beautiful, bright elegant woman. You must be so proud to be descended from her. x

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  9. beautiful photos. nostalgic feeling. anyway, love ur blog. may u have all the happiness.;)
    ive linked ur blog. wanna link mine?
    rediculous-me.blogspot.com

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  10. These are lovely!
    I'm sorry about your Grandma :o(
    My Nanny died when I was 14 and it's still very hard for me. I've posted photos of her on my blog and like you just don't know what to say. Just the photos are enough though. You're Grandma was a doll!

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  11. These are wonderful, I love old photographs and these are beautiful. Your Grandma was so gorgeous! xx

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  12. She looks like a movie star!

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  13. Aw. My grandmother died in December of last year, so her death anniversary is coming up. I send hugs to you. I don't know how I'm going to feel about it, but I want to do something to celebrate her. She raised me, and I feel lost without her. I love all those photos and you are fortunate to have so many. I wish I had more of those kind of my grandma.

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  14. Those photos are lovely. She had such great style.

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  15. Your grandmother's smile is transcendent.

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  16. I'm sorry to hear your grandmother passed away last year, mine did as well. However celebrating her life in photos is a wonderful way. I especially love the photo with the fork!

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  17. These photos are BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing! Your grandmother looked so naturally happy all the time, what a gorgeous smile she had. :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of your elegant grandmother. I really like to see pictures pf my grandmother, too.

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  19. Amazing pics!
    Your grandma is beautiful!

    xoxo

    Aline

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  20. lovely!!! Yesterday my grandma showed me some pictures of her wedding and OMG I fell in love with the clothes!
    Your grandma reminds me of Peggy Olson from Mad Men!
    xxx

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  21. i feel so moved just looking at these pictures. they do have a voice. thanks for sharing.

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  22. What a beatutiful woman. I see the resemblance. I can't even imagine my grandparents dying, I'm too close to them and the're already 89! I hope you're ok and thank you so much for sharing these memories

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  23. Your grandmother was beautiful. I know how you feel. My grandma was the most important woman in my life. Hugs to you!

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  24. These are so gorgeous--you are lucky to be able to have access to these to remember her by! She looks like she had a great sense of style--now we know where you get it from. ;)

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  25. You can certainly see the strong family resemblance, and she had immaculate style. My own grandmother passed away earlier this year, and it is very hard.

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  26. I'm so sorry for your loss, dear Kater. She was beautiful, and in fact I see a resemblance! So sweet of you to share this with everyone.

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  27. Wow! she was so beautiful and had such great style. :)

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  28. Just found your blog via cup of jo. Glad I did! So sorry for your lose. It's amazing to have these gorgeous photos as a beautiful memory. I recently posted some vintage shots of my grandma on what would have been her 90th birthday. You can take a peek here: http://shortstorydesign.blogspot.com/2010/08/august-23rd-1920.html

    xo, Emily

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  29. Oh this is so sweet. I lost my Grandma last year, too.

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