Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Way Back Machine
The Time: May 6, 1948
The Place: La Grange Township High School Social Room
I adore this photo. On the back of this picture in my mother's handwriting it says, "Thursday Millinery Class Annual Style Show - La Grange Township High School Social Room ..... Yunkers, Zocchi".
Yunkers and Zocchi refers to the woman serving tea and the woman facing the camera. They were friends of my grandmother and two of the greatest characters of my youth.
What type of role models were they? Different, that's for sure. They both showed me about being colorful and larger than life. They were dynamic and interesting women who never stopped learning.
"Yunkers" was Edna, who is standing and facing the camera. In addition to becoming a milliner she learned china painting late in life. This woman made up for lost time by becoming one of the most prolific painters ever. She would take the train into Chicago with empty tote bags and returned with tons of china blanks to be painted.
My grandmother had an entire set of hand painted dinnerware. When she passed away I was lucky enough to had received the beautiful large punch bowl and punch cups. Everything is edged in 14 karat gold. When we moved in this house I hired a decorator to help with color and furniture ideas and she almost fainted dead away when she saw the punch bowl set. I'll take some pictures and post them during the week.
The woman seated and serving tea is Martha and she was a character beyond compare. She would fly off to Cuba to party with bullfighters. She probably met Hemingway because she always seemed to travel in exotic circles. She learned Esperanto and in addition to being a milliner she was a seamstress. She studied formally and knew absolutely everything there was to know about fabric. She was an avid herb gardener and studied this subject also. She became an expert and was head of the herb gardens in the horticulture program at a local college.
These women epitomized living a colorful and interesting life. I loved them both!!
I would love to hear about colorful characters in your life.