Thursday, July 29, 2010

Show and Tell Friday - "Jean"

Giovannina (Genevieve) Elizabeth Teti DePasquale
(October 1, 1903 - April 16, 2001)

Jean was about 16 years old when she had this photograph taken in
Ithaca, New York. She had already been in the United States, for seven years, having come from Italy, learned English and graduated
 from high school.
I love this photo even though it is cracking. I am not sure where to get it repaired but I will start researching that soon.

This photograph that I also own was taken when my grandmother was about 14 years old and was a bridesmaid in her oldest sister's wedding.

This is a photograph of Jean taken in 1963.

"Jean" was my maternal grandmother. She insisted that we call her by her first name as she insisted she was much too young to be a grandmother... 45!
What a character she was.
She loved to cook, organize and entertain.
She decorated her home beautifuly.
There will be many stories about Jean in this blog as she made such an impression on me in my life.

I love Show and Tell Friday
from My Romantic Home

Jean would have loved the many beautiful things
on Cindy's blog. Be sure to visit her!


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What wonderful pictures and history!

Julie Harward said...

I loved that and I love the photo's..a beautiful woman indeed! Thanks for sharing her :D

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Beautiful women and lovely memories. I am hosting a Giveaway on my do drop by!!

Laura said...

What beautiful photographs Karen.
You are indeed the family historian.

Love to you and yours-


Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Wonderful pictures and memories for you. She was a beautiful lady.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

precious photos that came with precious stories to be cherished! Jean is such a pretty woman!

Theresa said...

What a beautiful lady that sweet Jean is! Love these pictures and the stories you tell:) Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a wonderful post and how lucky you were to have known your grandmother! I grew up without grandparents and can't help but feel that I missed out on so much!!


Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

She's beautiful..I thought before I read your post that this was an actress or a model..what a great legacy you have! Love your blog and I also LOVE the Mitford series books! See? Like minds to travel together!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

What a beauty she was. I so love looking at family photos such as this, and I love you sharing a bit of her life and gorgeous looks that you definitely inherited!!

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Hope your weekend treats you well!!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Awesome pictures!!! What an amazing inheritance ~ the pictures and the heritage!! I have one picture of my maternal grandmother and another of my paternal grandmother when they were in their late teens / early twenties. All my other pictures and memories of my grandparents are from my childhood. I would love to have a picture of them when they were young and just starting life.

Jane said...

What a wonderful post! Your grandmother was a beautiful woman.
Family histories are so interesting and important.

Jane (artfully graced)

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Karen, Thank You for stopping by for a visit. You might be able to have the one photo reparied at a photoagraphy studio. If not they should be able to point you to the right source. Have a great Saturday....Julian

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a pretty lady she was. I think Sears used to restore old photos. Maybe they still do.

Rita said...

My, she was a beautiful woman. I hope you can find a place to restore the picture as it is a treasure to you. I love looking back at old photos, especially when there is so much love attached to that person. Have a great weekend.

Penny said...

You are so smart to share this family history with all of us. The only way to keep our wonderful heritage alive is to chronicle it. Your lovely Grandmother deserves our respect and remembrance. She was beautiful. I'm sure she was a force to be reckoned with. Let's never forget.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Just Grandmother came from Italy also. Her name was Rosa Dovi Ragno. I don't have any photos of her save one.
You have such treasures.

Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to like Jean!