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You may recall from my last post seeing a photograph of me with my mother-in-law from Florence.  She is a lovely woman and I am very fortunate to be part of her family now.   There was a time early in our marriage when I wouldn’t make my husband Italian food because I knew he’d be comparing it to her stellar cooking.  Fortunately, she’s taught me a thing or two since then, including her ragù recipe!

She has given me scans of some photographs of her time growing up in Florence, before and after the war, that I thought I’d share with you so you can see a little vintage snapshot of Florence, Italy.

Here she is!  Isn’t she gorgeous!  I’m guessing this is early ‘50s.
I can almost guarantee you she made her little hat.
She’s given me some tombolo lace pieces, such as a dresser scarf, that are very similar,

and I guess tombolo was one of those arts that “ladies of the house” learned from their mothers in Italy.

I think this photo is so charming.  She said it was taken at their vacation home in Bardalone.
This photo is dated 1948.  I think her peasant blouse is charming.
She would have been about 17 here.
This is her with her mother and one of her sisters on a balcony overlooking the
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.  She grew up on the same street that
Amerigo Vespucci and Michaelangelo lived.
And lastly, a little taste of a Florentine Christmas.

1 comments so far.

One response to “MY BELLA MAMA-IN-LAW”

  1. Laurence says:

    A beautiful lady for sure!!!
    I must ask my parents and grand parents for some vintage pictures… I don't think they own a lot from the 40's… It was war here in North East of France and they lost a lot of things from these era…

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