Monday, September 9, 2013

A Treasure

My cousin sent me a picture of my paternal grandmother, Rafaella (Mottola) Todisco. She was called Fannie. I only know her from photographs and have never seen a picture of her this young.

I love old photographs and trying to figure out when and why the photograph was taken. She's posed and appears to be wearing her Sunday best. I can see the edge of a hat in her elaborate up-do. She's posed so obviously this is a professionally taken photograph.

I have a similar photograph of my maternal grandmother. The picture was printed as a postcard as on the back there are markings for address.

She's wearing a piece of jewelry, perhaps a brooch or a watch attached to her collar. On her left hand, she appears to be wearing a ring. Maybe an engagement ring or a wedding ring and she's carrying a small purse.

My grandparents were married in April of 1918 and my dad was born a year later in 1919. I'm guessing this picture was taken between 1917 and 1918. Grandma would have been 26 or 27 years old.

For some reason, I always thought my dad favored his father, but I can clearly see dad favored his mother, and I can see myself, too.


  1. I love old photographs too. We have a few hanging up in our house of my grandparents and my hubby's.

  2. I love it! You're right. This picture is a treasure! If you're correct in your date of the photo, this would be during WW1 and the Influenza epidemic.

    1. Yup. Both my parents were infants during the influenza epidemic of 1919. Is there a story there for you?

  3. What a beautiful picture! I'm with you, love the old photos of family and just imagining...

  4. What a striking woman! I'd love to know more about her. She looks like she has quite a story to tell.