This post is in honor of my dear Aunt Daisy who passed away unexpectedly last week. She lived to be 86 ½ years old, and was full of life and personality right up until her death. Her given name was Mary Ann, but all the family always fondly called her "Daisy".
She and my grandma, Betty Lou, were twins, and as you can imagine- there are some very fun old photographs of them!
I'm rather partial to all of my family's photos, but I thought these would be appropriate to share this week, and that they would be especially entertaining since Grandma and Aunt Daisy dressed identically growing up. :-)
Enjoy these “twin” fashions from the late 1920s through the early 1950s!
(Most of these photographs weren't labeled, so I don't have any definite dates and they're just in a vaguely chronological order.)
1927 · The whole family- Charles, Anna, the twins, and their older brother Bob.
Mary Ann (L) and Betty Lou (R)
They were the best of friends all their lives, and always lived within 10 miles of each other. Twins were very uncommon when they were growing up, and they were always proud of being twin sisters. :-)
Mary Ann was always the larger of the two. When we talked with her, she mentioned how scarce meat was while growing up in the Depression. Betty Lou would always save the "best" for last at meal-time, and then not have enough room to eat her meat, but Aunt Daisy said, "I never let that stop me! I ate it all!". ;-)
I never noticed a striking similarity in them, and it’s amusing to see how little they looked alike, even as girls!
Aunt Daisy never married, but she was actively involved in the lives of her niece and nephews and lived with and cared for her parents until their death.
A newspaper clipping from 1948
Up until her death, Grandma and Aunt Daisy would get together most days of the week, and talk on the phone multiple times a day.
1967 · Although this picture doesn't fit in with the theme of this post, it was too fabulous not to share. :-D Here are my jet-setter grandparents with Aunt Daisy in the background- on one of their many world travels. :-)
While we were compiling and scanning photographs for her funeral, I realized what a wonderful post this would make to share with all of you. :-) I love looking at old, candid photographs- the glimpses into the lives of yesteryear, seeing how real people wore the clothing styles I so admire. There is a lot to be learned about older fashions from advertisements, movies, and the garments themselves, but there is a different, deeper wealth in seeing photos of real, ordinary people wearing these garments in real, ordinary situations.
|Aunt Daisy and me|
The only thing I love more than looking at old photos is looking at old photos of MY ancestors. To see MY personal history is meaningful. I had never seen photos of Grandma or Aunt Daisy earlier than the 1960s before this week. Looking at the photos we found opened up their world and life like I had never grasped before. I had heard countless stories, seen many of the places they talked about, but seeing these photos made it all “real”. To see them as babies, watch them grow into girls, then women, and finally the elderly women I’ve known puts my own life into perspective.
|Reading together the day before my second birthday|
Aunt Daisy always had a sparkle in her eye. She was feisty, opinionated, and sometimes outspoken, but always genuinely friendly and interested in others. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was always a delight to spend time with. The reality of her loss is only just sinking in, but we will all continue to miss her dearly for years. The sorrow of her parting is sweetened by the assurance that she is now enjoying eternal joy and rest!
After reflecting back over her life, I've come to the conclusion that I really wouldn't mind becoming like her when I grow up. She'll always have a fond place in my heart. :-)