Monday, September 2, 2013

You’re invited


In honor of what would have been my parents’ 63rd anniversary, you’re invited to follow along with me as I document the Bride’s Book and photo album that my mother put together between 1949-1950 as she was engaged and married.  My sister and I spent hours looking through these books when we were kids and now they are in my house ready to be scanned. 

Based on some things I’ve found in the early pages of the book, I think Mom may have thrown herself a get together, perhaps to announce her engagement.

Engagement Invite Cover Engagement Invite
Her mother and step-father, Clara and Shell Hunter, sent a telegram to Casa Ventura, presumably to arrive in time for brunch.  The time stamped on the telegram is October 1, 1949 at 8:37 p.m. 


And look who else sent a note of congratulations – my grandmother, Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy.  I love that she felt the need to identify that she was Gordon’s mother.  Based on the pin hole in the top left hand corner, I wonder if this card might have been attached to flowers she sent. 

With Love From

Oh how I wish Mom hadn’t put her things in the book with scotch tape :-(  I guess it gives it character, though.

So sit back and relax as we celebrate my parents!


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    1. The card from Loraine reminds me of your sister's letter from camp. Love, Your Daughter, M, the one at camp.

  2. Very cool! I wish I'd had more things like that from my parents' wedding. Although she had great pictures!

    1. You have a diary that might just trump the stuff from my parents' wedding :-)

  3. This is going to be fun -- like sitting side by side on a sofa, flipping the pages.

    1. Well, my sister and I used to sit on the floor but I guess a soft works better in our older age ;-)

  4. Very cool indeed!

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. It is interesting that the invitation has no year on it. it is a nice collection of memorabilia.