This was my great-aunt Edith. She was my paternal, maternal-grandmother's, father's sister. Her first job, as a child really, was in a woolen or cotton mill, then she worked as a maid, and housekeeper in grand English homes, think Downton Manner. She immigrated to the USA, she was housekeeper for part of the Firestone family in the 1930's when my aunt was born (my father spent a month living with her and playing with the Firestone kids, to get him out of the house when his sister was born.) After the War, she moved to Miami, lived there until late in life, then lived with a Niece in northern Indiana for the rest of her life. She was a sweetie, never married, kind of makes me wonder after all of these years.
She is standing by one of my grandfather's all time favorite Mercury's. From the time new cars became available after World War II, until he quit driving in the 1970's he bought a new Mercury every other year. He had two of them, this white one and blue on that had the "breezeway" back window. The rear window, went down behind the seats. The only "power windows" he ever owned. He was greatly disappointed when Ford stopped offering that option.
I have two aunts that never married. I think back then if you weren't married by a certain age...then you were just destined to be a spinster. Both passed away, never married, but I think Olive had a longtime man friend so I heard.ReplyDelete
Spinster is an interesting word,Delete
every family has at least one gay member. the only one I know about in my family is my mother's older brother. dig that crayzee car!ReplyDelete
I am sure there are a few closet cases scattered in my paternal grandfather's brothers.Delete
Adding the hairstyle to not being the marrying kind, perhaps.ReplyDelete
Never thought about the hairDelete
What fascinating experiences she must have had, and how hard she must have worked all her life. Wouldn't you love to be able to talk to her now?ReplyDelete
Oh, she as always fun to talk with.Delete
What a rich life she led. I bet you have some fond memories of conversations with her.ReplyDelete
A few, wish there were moreDelete
Love the story!ReplyDelete
OMG to have had the chance to sit down with her and hear all the stories...
And that car!
Most of the cars from that era rusted into oblivionDelete