Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Sylvia was my mother in law's first cousin.
She was a pretty young thing with long black curls.

This picture was taken around 1909 by her Uncle Fred, a professional photographer and my mother in law's father (my husband's grandfather)... Cick on images for closer look!

The little child's fan with the peacock feathers and sweet silk tassel belonged to Sylvia and came in a pink silk case.
My mother in law says pretty little Sylvia grew up to be a beautiful woman.
She lived to be 95 years old and had three husbands!

I guess not all at once....
Hope your evening is relaxing and your Friday brings a good start to the weekend!
:) Laura
P.S. Don't forget to enter Jackie's giveaway at Bliss Farm Antiques!. She is in Paris with her daughter and is planning on bringing back a souvenir for the winner!


Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I love that you know so much about your relatives....I know so little about mine. The fan is gorgeous and being tipped with feathers makes it even better. It gives me an idea for an old one I have.
To die for hair too!

Chemin des Muguets said...


What beautiful family keepsakes. You are lucky to have these, and to know the story behind them.


Fete et Fleur said...

I have curly hair too! It is such an adventure being a curly haired girl hair. I plan to do a post on it someday.

She was truly lovely! Her dainty little fan is precious. What a wonderful keepsake to have.


June said...

Hi Laura, Isn't Sylvia a beauty. I'm lovin' her pretty white coat. Wouldn't you love to have that and her darling little boots too? Having her pretty fan is such a blessing. I wish we could see into the future and see what would thrill our loved ones to have of ours.

Lisa said...

sweet post!
Happy weekend!
Hugs, Lisa

north pal said...

charming photo. the pictures mean so much, especially if they are family.Bestest,Denise

Rosemary said...

I love little stories and pictures!!
You have a nice weekend too Laura!

bella said...

What a sweet photo , it's wonderful that you know your family history. Sue

LiLi M. said...

Great post and gorgeous items! I love old photos, especially when there is a story behind them (the same goes for antique items!). Have a great weekend Laura!

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Laura! Sylvia was a beautiful child! I like her story...she had 3 husbands??? Waw...I'm still in time to do the same!!!!
Have a nice and relaxing week end!!!
Big hugs to Rob too!

Jacqueline said...

I love Sylvia's hat and coat....doesn't she look pretty ? I bet when she was given that fan she was over the moon. My sister has traced our family back a long way and my husbands family have been traced back and were related to Simon de Montford, equerry to Henry V111. His family are far more interesting than mine ! XXXX

sissie said...

Sylvia was quite the little princess. Love her outfit. Those pictures are so sweet and I'm sure you will treasure them forever.

Come on over and visit me sometime. I am following you and I look forward to coming back often.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What lovely keepsakes. That Sylvia sure looks like a charmer!

Lori said...

I love old photos and they are even better when they are relatives! The fan is adorable too... said...

What a great photo, love her hair. She looks happy too, a little smirk. Most of my old photos they look so mad. Thanks for introducing her to us. Lisa

cheryl kuhn said...

Wow, what a sweet photo, she looks she has a secret and she is trying to hold it in! I hope you too have a super weekend, looks like we might get some sun here,hope the same is true for you!!!

Heidi-anitha said...

Lovely blog.. Beautyful pictures.

Wich you a nice weekend.

White vintage

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

What beautiful keepsakes. I really cherish family heirlooms. Thank you for sharing ~ have a wonderful weekend. ~ Rebecca

Theresa said...

Sweet pictures! Enjoyed hearing about Sylvia! Have a blessed day!

Trouvais said...

How absolutely charming. It's so nice to have a multi-dimentional glimpse into a living soul from the past...and a thread to your own family. A favorite possesion and adorable photo telling a story. Wonderful Laura! Trish

maría cecilia said...

Hello, how lovely is Sylvia... and three husbands, a very modern woman!!
María Cecilia

Floss said...

What a wonderful story to go with the photo and fan. I posted about my grandparents and their well-travelled suicase (now with me in France) recently, and I felt so proud to be able to link their pictures with something I now own.

Rita said...

Hi Laura,
I would like to let you know that you have an award over at my blog.
Hope you will accept it as you truly deserve it.
However, if you would prefer not to participate, no worries at all, I just wanted to say how much I like your blog.

Tami said...

What a pretty girl Sylvia was. Write down all you know about your family history. We wish we had before my Grandparents passed. Now we have questions that we wish they could answer. :-)
Tami E.

Pearl said...

What a lovely post and how beautiful she was. I also loved her story, she out lived all her husbands and grew to a wonderful old age. She must have been very special to have 3!