A picture my aunt had of my grandmother (2nd woman on right with glasses, and my father next to her) and her friends sewing outside. I believe this is the mid 1950’s in Kalymnos, Greece.
My daughter and her family arrive in 6 days (but who's counting?) after almost 4 years of not seeing them. You will probably hear my loud crying where you live Very cathartic. Seriously I'm always touched by the strength of character and resolve of those who left their families to provide for them in difficult times not knowing when or if they would ever see them again. What a "sweet" memory of your husband's grandfather and the candy recipe book he brought with him probably hoping to start his own candy business. What a lovely heritage your family have.
Our cousin visits every year or so and they always cry loudly when she arrives and then again when she leaves. It's going to be a scene when we go because The Man looks EXACTLY like his grandfather. His family were all candy makers, and we still have the book of family recipes that he wrote out by hand before he left Greece. It may be the only thing he carried with him to America that still survives.
Rachel, I will definitely get in touch! It will likely not be this year but every month we stash a little more in our Greek family visit fund.
I think it is wonderful when we can learn about our personal history, the characters and the circumstances of their lives. And where is Saravali? I do hope you will be able to visit your husband's family there.
This photo is priceless! I think a lot of my husband's family things were lost or destroyed during the Nazi invasion. They managed to get back their home, though, and we're longing to visit them in Saravali when we save enough pennies to get there.
My brother in law is Koulianos
Haha! Well, I was born and raised there, so my maiden name is Koulianos. My dad Pantelis (God rest his soul) and mom Tula
Irene what twin are You from here in tarpon springs we have lot of kalymians.
So wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us!
What a wonderful picture. The woman in the plaid skirt is "spinning" wool on a spindle (I think it is called).
Are you named for your grandmother? If so Happy Name Day for tomorrow.
I just love this. Such character and personality in these faces; I can imagine the friendship and sharing of these women. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.
This is SO fabulous! Would you mind emailing this photo? I'd love to put it somewhere on the website if you don't mind?