family came from a whole bunch of places, really.
If you go back
as far as our great grandparents, you have to look right across Europe to
pull them together. Some in Poland. Some in Russia. Some in England.
Our great grandfather
Peter, Mummy's Daddy's father, was born in Poland. This is him on the left
as a young boy after his family made the trip across to New York. This
picure, on a sensitized metal plate, would have been taken around 1895.
On the right ,
above, you can see a postcard sent by Peter, aged17, from a hotel named
The Latourette, in Montecello in the Catskills.The
card is to his friend Joe Diamond in NYC. "Dear Joe", it reads. "Am having
a good time, Pete". It's dated 29 July 1906.
1937, Peter had moved his family to Montreal, to find work during the
Depression. This is him and our Great Grandmother Kate, on the left.
The couple on
the right are Mummy's Mum's parents, Hetty and Maurice. Mummy
remembers her Grandma quite well from when she was small.
Now, when Peter
(remember him, above?) was still living in New York and had married, our
Grandpa Lloyd was born. He remembers well growing up in the Bronx. Anyway.
Peter, it seems, knew the legendary baseball hero, Lou Gehrig, and had
him sign a ball for his little boy.
Gehrig must have asked his pall Babe Ruth to sign it, too. Because, as
you can see in the picture below, 70 years later Lloyd still has this
ball, which is signed, "To my little pal Lloyd, Best Wishes, Lou Gehrig".
And around the other side of the panel it's also signed by Babe Ruth!
The girl modelling
the cool, forties clothes is...Mummy's mummy, our Grandma Lily.We
think the picture must be around 1941, before she was evacuated from London
to avoid the wartime bombing and went to live in Canada.
you can see from the picture on the left, Lloyd didn't get quite such
cool stuff to wear during the war.
we don't yet have as much stuff for Daddy's side of our family's history,
but we're going to get some.
do have this picture of Daddy's Mummy and Daddy, our Grandma and late
Grandpa, Joyce and Eric, on their wedding day, 27 August 1952.
We need a good hunt
through Grandma Joyce's photo box, and then there'll be more stuff in
our Museum, so come and see it again, won't you?