Thursday, October 29, 2009
Great-grandma, the style icon
It finally happened: a great grandma entry. And it's even better than I ever imagined. Listen up ladies who plan to dress like flappers this Halloween (yeah, I'm talking to you), let Emily Smith be your style inspiration.
Allie Dunworth sent this photo of her beautiful great-gram on her wedding day in 1925.
"Emily lived well into her 90s, and knit sweaters for all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren up until the day she died (about 10 years ago).
She grew up in a super-conservative home in Texas. Her father (a prominent doctor) wouldn't let his 3 daughters dance, play cards, or bind their breasts (a rebellious activity at the time!) After high school, she went to a university in Texas while her high school sweetheart went out to UC Berkeley. She graduated a year earlier than he did, and when he came home for his summer break that year, he said he missed her out in California. Her response: 'Well, why don't you marry me then?' So he did! They moved out to California together right after their wedding. They were married for over 50 years, until my great-grandfather died. Emily, however, actually remarried in her 80s to a widower she met a few years later. She was a fiesty lady!"