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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto

I am new to the Friday's Favorite Family Foto group but I wanted to participate because I have so many wonderful vintage family photos to share. These photos are part of my heritage and I look at them fondly remembering the people, places, and events with warm, fond memories of a wonderful childhood.
The first picture above is of my father's parents, Anthony and Domenica, who both immigrated from Italy. My grandmother had 12 children of which my father was the third behind his brother, Charles, and his sister, Ida.

This is a picture of my father, Frank, who proudly served his country during WWII in North Africa and Italy. He was attached to the 5th Army and he will be remembered as a fine soldier and a wonderful father. He was born in 1914 and passed away on Jan. 1, 1999.

This is a picture of my mother taken when she was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. I love this picture of my mother because she looks so strikingly beautiful like a long-ago Hollywood movie star. She, too, was born in 1914 and she will be 95 years old in September.
Another favorite picture of my mother was taken when she was around 2 years old. I love her delicate jewelry, button-up shoes, curls and huge bow. My mother wasn't expected to live when she was born, but my great-grandmother bundled her up and put my mother by the old-fashioned stove and used it as an incubator. My mother has outlived everyone in her family and she happily lives with us in our home in Chandler, AZ.


Deborah said...

This is an excellent post, Loretta! Your mother make such a glamorous bridesmaid and just a cute little girl.
One reason I love old photos are the clothes and hairstyles...just as in the ones you have shared.

Thank you!

Teresa Porter said...

Your photos are wonderful. Your mother does look like a Hollywood Starlet in that photo. And I love the shoes she wore as a little girl. What a treasure.

Thank you for sharing them with us.


splummer said...

Beautiful Photos! Old photos are awesome to look at. They bring back so many memories!
Have a great day!!


Joy said...

Really fabulous photos Loretta! Your beautiful mother does indeed look like a film star. And I am utterly enamored with the shoes she is wearing in the photo of her as a tiny girl.

Randy Frid said...

Sorry that was my hubby's mail.
Mine is: My blog.

Angela said...

I love your all of your pictures. I especially like the ones of your mother. The big bow in her hair and the button up shoes are just way toooo cute!

Thank you for sharing them! They are great!


Montee said...

Your parents are both good looking. I agree that your mama looks like a movie star! Your grandmother was a brave woman.

ann said...

What lovely pics.And your parents are beautiful.Your mom is lovely and your dad was very handsome.You are so lucky to have so many beautiful pics...Ann

The Muse said...

Awesome...i love the family history...the images are beyond words!


Wow! Your Sweet Mama is stunning. I'm loving your photos. Just caught up on all of them.