|Wedding of actor Arthur Lake to Patricia Van Cleeve at Hearst Castle. My grandmother is a bridesmaid, far right :) and I believe my greta aunt is second from left.|
In the process of researching our family genealogy recently, my uncle learned that my Great Aunt had passed away on Jan 1. I am not sure why no one on my side of the family was notified earlier but recently my 2nd cousins had a memorial for her ( which I was sadly unable to attend). In addition, my 2nd cousin Trevor, has been scanning in lots of old family photos and sharing them with my uncle for his genealogy work. Since I had expressed such an interest in the genealogy and also he knows that I use lots of old photos in my artwork, he has been forwarding to me all the photos that Trevor has been sending..
It has been AMAZING (to say the least) to see glimpses back in the rich history of my family. Something I had only heard stories about and seen the occasional picture of. Sadly my Grandmother suffered from Alzheimers and passed before I was really old enough to ask many questions.
I have received dozens and dozens of pix over the last few days so I have just pulled out a few of my favs and the more interesting (famous people) to share here... so the rest of the post will just be cool old pictures with simple captions....
|these two photos are from Scotland of my Great Grandmother, Marguerite (Moll) Draper. She looks like a doll :)|
|My great grandmother swimming with Charlie Chaplin off of Heart's yacht on a trip from NY to CA! Amazing!|
|My great grandmother at a "Baby Doll" party at Hearst Castle. c1920's|
|Joan Crawford at same "Baby Doll" party.|
|My great aunt, my Great Grandfather and my grandmother at Heart Ranch for a BBQ.|