Friday, February 19, 2010

Family Photos {Nonna}

I haven't quite been in the right head-space for blogging these past few days, so I bring you a few photos of my Nonna, Elena, in the 1940s, that I uploaded to flickr quite some time ago. I have quite a few more of her, as well as some wonderful photos of my mother, so if anyone is interested I shall share some more soon!

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My Nonna is on the left. I couldn't tell you exactly where this photo was taken, but my guess is somewhere in Naples during the 1940s.

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Nonna is on the right. As you can see, she was tiny - I believe she was 4'8".

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Nonna on the left, again. I love photos of people walking - I don't know why but I just do!

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Here's another walking shot. Nonna is on the left, again, her cousin is on the right and I don't know who the fella in the middle is.

These scans aren't as good quality, but I thought a few close-ups might be nice:

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I'd just like to note that Elena was my maternal grandmother - she moved to England after WWII as she had married my grandfather, Oswald Charles (apparently most people called him 'Charlie'), who was a British soldier. My mother said Nonna cried when she had tinned spaghetti - perhaps it was because she was homesick or because it just didn't compare to the real thing.

I hope you all enjoyed these photos. My mother says she can sometimes see her mum in me - I suppose there must be a family resemblance, so what do you all think? And if you don't like to answer, please just enjoy the photos anyway.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

32 comments:

  1. I can definitely see a family resemblance! these are such nice photos, thanks for sharing them. :) I love old family photographs.
    xoxo
    Amanda

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  2. Your blog is absolutely adorable!
    I always love looking back on photo's from my grandparents when they were young, they always looked so impossibly elegant.

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  3. Lovely photos and story. and you do have some resemblace

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  4. Thanks for sharing. What a timemachine-sensation, just like seeing you there. It must be nice for you to have those family stories with you.

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  5. totally see it

    but grandma gangster pose in photo 2 and that dude in the middle, rule all haha

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  6. I can see a resemblance too! What lovely photos you have, i love the one where they're with the guy in the middle.
    Thanks for your kind words about my photos too, it's greatly appreciated! xx

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  7. I love your photos! She looks like she was such a lively gal!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I love old family photographs. I can definitely see a resemblance too. x

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  9. Great Photos! My family left Italy in the 50's; Some came to Canada, but some went to Argentina and to Australia too. And as someone whose grandma makes THE best Italian food in the world I cry when I eat canned spaghetti too.

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  10. I can see the similarities for sure - great pics! :)

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  11. Yes I can see the similarities as well!! Wonderful photos!!

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  12. thank you for sharing your lovely photos! There is definitely a lovely resemblance between you and your grandmother.

    XX Rosina Lee

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  13. Great pictures...Thanks for sharing them with us! Yup I see the resemblance, I can see why your Mom says so!

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  14. These are great, thanks for sharing!

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  15. I just wanted to say a big thank you for sharing these! :) Family photos are so special (and your grandmother looks like she was quite stylish ;). I know I wish I had more of my family members (despite bugging people about getting copies for ages, I haven't gotten many. lol!).

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  16. I can definitely see the resemblance. What great pictures! I wish I had some more of my grandmothers when they were young.

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  17. Hi Andi
    I have to say there is some similarity between you and your Nonna.
    I loved these photos, I was so excited when I found some similar of my grandparents recently.

    Rose

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  18. Your grandmother was very stylish and elegant and I can totally see a family resemblance. I love walking photos too, they're wonderful candid shots. Thanks for sharing your family photos and memories!

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  19. What lovely photos! I too love photos of people walking, somehow it gives the pictures so much more life, makes it seem more "real". I also adored the 1st and 3d close-ups, just wonderful!
    Your Nonna was a very stylish young woman, your grandfather must have been a dashing soldier to come home with her =) I can absoloutley see a resemblance in the jawline, around the eyes and in the nose. Isn't it remarkeble how some features so often skips one genereation?
    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  20. these are wonderful!! i love love love family photo collections. I could spend hours digging in your photo albums. hehe.

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  21. With such beautiful, stylish women in your family, it's no wonder you are who you are!
    I love these pictures!

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  22. Amazing! What treasures, I love old family photos. I think you do resemble her quite a bit.

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  23. You really do look like her! I can definitely see it. And the photos are wonderful - it's great to have that little piece of history. She dressed so nicely too. Of course! Heehee :-D

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  24. Amazing resemblance! You lucky thing :-)

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  25. This is seriously the coolest blog post I've seen all week. (and I see a lot of stuff... haha)

    I've never had anyone share photos like this in a very long time. It's amazing how much you channel the spirit of this era and to witness the familial connection through style.

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  26. Thanks so much, everyone, for your comments! I'm so glad everyone enjoyed this.
    Graham: Wow! Thanks. =D So glad you liked it that much.

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  27. wow!! so you're nonna was from italy?! great!! you have italian blood in you :) i love her pics and i also enjoy watching my nonni's pics especially my grandpa's photos during the war

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  28. *Katia*: Yes, indeed I do! =D I want to learn Italian soon, as well, as I never got to learn from my nonna, unfortunately. Thank-you. I bet your grandpas pics are great, too!

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  29. yes,you should learn it because it's part of your history and it's also a beautiful language :DD
    btw,yes my nonni's pics are great and want to post them soon!

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  30. Such wonderful photos!!! I adore old photos!! I just happened to pass by your comment that said you wanted to learn Italian. I am having free Italian lessons going on my blog. I started lesson 1 & there is a print friendly button too so you can print them if you want.

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  31. Katia: Hope you do post them - would love to see them.
    The Sweet Life: Thanks. Glad you enjoyed them =D

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