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Monday, February 14, 2011

Our grandparents

My mom sent over these old photos of my grandparents, who met on Valentine's Day back in 1945. My grandfather was an American pilot stationed in England, and my grandmother was an English girl living with her parents. They were set up on a blind date (to a Valentine's Day dance), hit it off, and got married in August of that same year. I love these photos of them right before they got married and on their honeymoon.

Thanks for sending these, Mama!

190 comments:

Sarah said...

Holy cow, adorableee photos! Gotta love a good blind date story. <3

Happy Valentine's Day!

Anna said...

These are amazing, they look so much in love! And I love the backstory.

Kelly said...

Such an adorable couple! I love stories like that.

K Blue said...

How amazing are those photos! Thank you for sharing. :)
Happy Valentine's Day!

An Invitation said...

What a great way to start Valentines Day :) Thanks for sharing!

Natalie's Life said...

THEY ARE ADORABLE!!

JenLynn said...

So romantic. I love seeing/hearing the stories of how grandparents met.

Bethany Susan said...

so sweet! thanks for the warm fuzzies.

Amber, theAmberShow said...

I just swooned! How old were they?!

elise said...

Isn't it Romantic ?

Just loved this post,thank you.

Blue Is Bleu said...

Beautiful pictures! I especially love that last one!

designsomethingbetter said...

How sweet and wonderful! How soon after meeting did they marry?

Stacy

Glenda said...

Romantic... thanks for sharing. Happy VDay to you, Alex and Toby.

Julie said...

It seems like so many couples from that time met at dances ( my grandparents did too).. its so sweet.. I wish we had some kind of equivalent. Thanks for sharing. :)

Melissa said...

incredibly romantic & so beautiful to have...

you absolutely have your grandmothers smile!
beautiful...

melissa xxx

amanda jane said...

cute, cute, cute!

The Vintage Ramble said...

What sweet photos. I love stories like this :)

The4inONE said...

Happy Valentine's! xoxo

Anne @ Baking Me said...

They look so happy! Such sweet photos!

marissa said...

i can't believe how beautiful those are and how lucky you are to have them! family memorabilia is so important. i think i can see some of your features in their faces joanna!

Melanie's Randomness said...

That is awesome that you guys still have these pictures!!! Awww how sweet of a story!! That date must have been love at first sight! You totally look like your grandmother too!! =) Thanks for sharing such a sweet thing!

Melanie's Randomness

Becca said...

so romantic, these pictures melt my heart!

Brit said...

Those are the sweetest things I've ever seen. It's so fun to see people when they fell in love.

Simone said...

How lovely, your grandmother is beautiful :)

Lisa said...

so cute, i love it!!!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

amazing!

HereBeDragons said...

RIDICULOUSLY cute! How special to have these photos.

elizabeth antonia said...

those photos are pure love and happiness. so sweet.

angela said...

I absolutely love these, thank you so much for sharing x

Amanda Blair said...

What a great love story...your grandma is gorgeous!

Ana* said...

They are ridiculously cute. I LOVE these photos :)

Snappy Di said...

I don't know why I find old black and white photos of couples so romantic, but I do.

DI

Fern and Feather said...

everything... that Valentines should be... so precious!!

Sara Szatmary said...

SO sweet. I love how their love just oozes out of these photos.

Anonymous said...

what a lovely couple!

Poet Whale said...

Wow, you resemble your Grandfather well. Lovely story. Thank you for sharing

Julie said...

I can't get over these! Such a great story-and what a cute couple!

isabug said...

So cute! I think Toby definitely resembles his grandfather :)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Stunning. I can definitely see the family resemblance!

Hollie said...

oh I love this. SO SWEET!

Bethany said...

Oh my goodness! How priceless are these vintage photos! Even better with a real story behind them. My heart has melted. <3

Caitlin said...

Valentine's Day 1945? Could that be any more romantic?! What a wonderful story. :)

Liz said...

oh my gosh these are so sweet!! I love love!

Jennifer said...

aw! now i wanna fall in love! beautiful pictures :)

Cathi said...

Those are such sweet photos!! xxoo :)

lbs said...

So cool to see photos like this. Love the last one and I've got to say, your grandfather was pretty darn hot! ; )

Elisa said...

I'm smiling ear to ear!

I feel like I'm watching clips from a romantic movie!

these photos are amazing, they are in great condition Joanna!

Holly said...

they look so in love! amazing photos! happy valentine's day!

goodnightstars said...

this is so romantic it's ridiculous!!

Lisa - Happy Mama said...

Oh wow. What lovely photos, and an even lovelier story!

Happy Love day!

Anonymous said...

wow! you are so lucky to have such great vintage photos of your relatives...very sweet! happy vday : )

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, thanks lbs! :)

Nicky said...

Look at how sweet they are by the water!!! Happy v-day! :D

Maria Ramona said...

thanks for sharing these lovely old photos (the best kind!) and the sweet story. xo.

aHlanG said...

i thought i only able to see this photo in movie...

sweet...

bussbuss said...

So sweet! How lovely to have these photos. Happy Valentine's Day xx!

Victoria Whincup said...

lovely....

Mrs. C said...

So Romantic!!!! What treasures!!

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Mocha Mornings said...

Very romantic. My grandma kept all the letters and pictures my grandpa sent her while he was stationed in Italy. This post reminds of me of the sweet memory when she shared the letters and pictures with me. Xo.

Lanie @ Lovely said...

Amazing. I love a photo of a woman in pants...like real, wide leg trousers, not this skinny jean nonsense that I keep wearing. I'm going shopping!

Alex said...

What beautiful photos! I teared up just looking at them because they are just such a classic and wonderful display of love.

erin said...

positively perfect. and on valentine's no less! so great.

Luli said...

Beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes. What was her name? I noticed the M on the sweater.

Notes from Holly St. said...

how romantic! i love these photos...

Brittany H. said...

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martini said...

These photos are just fantastic! My grandparents always looked sort of pained and stiffish in photos, as if they were victims of a bad arranged marriage. But yours -- ooh la la!

moderncottage said...

How funny, we also chose to honor my grandparents this Valentine's Day... great story. What is it about those old photos that really makes your heart swell? I think you'll get a kick out of our post, too if you want to check it out :)

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Julie said...

what a lovely story! great photos, very romantic! my husband is a canadian air force pilot and seeing these pictures makes me want to make sure I get a photo with him the next time he's in uniform! I have plenty of him alone or with the kiddos, but not many with he and and I together.

Sanja said...

Grandparents are the best! And they are both so beautiful :)

Latoya said...

The pictures are so beautiful! You look so much like your grandmother!

H is for Home said...

Such a lovely valentine's tale - thanks for sharing!

xx

Anna Claire said...

Love these! Your grandparents seem so happy and full of fun! I love your grandma's clothes - the monogrammed jumper, the adorable bathing suit and those great trousers!

Joanna Goddard said...

they were only 19 and 20 -- so young!

erin said...

what a beautiful story and such amazing photos! I can't believe they met on Valentines Day!

anna said...

amazing family photos! and thanks for sharing their story!

Kit-Cat-Kitty-Cat said...

gorgeous - restores your faith in love x

http://kit-cat-kitty-cat.blogspot.com/

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. since my grandfather was so young, his mom had to send an official letter from chicago to england, stating that she gave him permission to get married!

Joanna Goddard said...

i know, i LOVE the monogrammed jumper!! :) her name was mary.

Holly said...

These photos are pure romance. I love them!

e is for elephant said...

true love! thanks for sharing these on valentine's day!!

emilie

http://elephantyears.blogspot.com

sumslay said...

So adorable! Thank you for sharing! I can see why they were attracted to one another - they're both very good looking. :) I can see a little a resemblance between you and your grandpa. :)

On a side note, my grandmother cut up some of her newlywed pictures because her knees were showing in some. :P hahaha, ooooh, the difference between the English and the bible belt.

Tee said...

I can see why you are such a romantic, Jo. It runs in your family!

Also, you look a lot like your grandfather. Amazing.

Anne Keane said...

oh wow. these are the cutest photos ever! so rare to see smooches like that!

cupidsbow said...

Lovely photos! Great Valentine's post!

laurenjeanallece said...

Oh I just love this! My heart just grew three sizes.

Angeline said...

Such great photos - How sweet is a romance that gets passed on!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i, too, am dying over that monogrammed jumper.

Elle said...

These are wonderful photos! They look SO in love!

Kathleen said...

Such a great story..and to be able to have such great photos is such a treasure. Happy Valentine's Day!
-Kathleen

Amelia said...

Gorgeous! You've got his eyes and her mouth. Happy Valentines Day everyone.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

they look so incredibly smitten with one another! i love it! happy valentine's day, jo!

ag. said...

These are absolutely adorable...photos like this represent love so much to me!

Eliza Jane said...

These are amazing.

Stephanie said...

Valentine's Day 1945! It's like a from a movie! LOVE the photos :)

adorninc said...

This is so sweet!

Allie said...

That is the most heart-achingly sweet story.

All So Cute said...

wow she is gorgeous! amazing couple!

Danielle said...

So dreamy and such a sweet story!

HANA KIM said...

oh you look like your grandpa!
I wish I could be that much in love aww

Joy C. said...

This should serve as proof of lasting love to cynics everywhere! (Including me though).

My Beautiful Life said...

So sweet. I love the pictures of my grandparents. Only death separated them from each other, and their love.

Happy Valentines day

Rosemeire said...

Eu adorei as fotos! Parece até um filme. Parabéns! e Feliz dia dos Namorados, pois aqui no Brasil, comemoramos somente em 12 de junho.

Se cuide!

I loved the pictures! It seemed like a movie. Congratulations! and Happy Valentines day, because here in Brazil, we celebrate only on June 12.

Take care!

Pistachio said...

I heart!

Paper Heart Girl said...

What lovely photos! Thanks for sharing! xxxxx

Fanny said...

these are so beautiful, when i watch old pictures it takes me to a dream from the past. lovely x

Nora said...

what a cute story! it seems you look a little bit like your grandfather, hm?

pittsburghprepster said...

I absolutely adore the pictures you shared. My boyfriend goes to the Naval Academy, and is hoping to be a pilot when he graduates. We have a similar story as to how we met, and are almost always long distance. This is such a beautiful story, and very inspirational. Thank you so very much for sharing!

Vfriedrich said...

Adorable photos...look like they portray another world. Xo Valerie

www.imstarvin.blogspot.com

Catherine Masi said...

Cheers to love in its many many appearances throughout life...

Nora said...

love this photos! ;)

Elizabeth {e tells tales} said...

I'm loving everything your mama shares!

That last picture is so amazing...you can see the love for sure.

chelsea said...

LOVE. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness- does Toby look like your grandma or what?! So sweet!

my eye in lo-fi said...

Just gorgeous Jo. The passion in the final photo is palpable.

Desiree Fawn said...

So sweet!!

{the hort couture gardener} said...

My heart hurt looking at these special photos. Reminds us how love transends all time. Very special and thank you for sharing xo

EvenAndy said...

Such an adorable couple!! They were so young and so happy!! I was married on Valentine's Day, 5 years today.

Happy Love Day to All!!

Gayatri Kumar said...

great photos! such a lovely love story :) .. *sigh*

xx G

http://lookwhoswearing.blogspot.com/

Natalie Marie said...

I can just feel the love pouring out of these photos. These are magnificent! Happy Valentines Day!

emily said...

just wanted to share a bit of the love my great-grandparents share:

roseandtonyament.com

going on 74 years of marriage and so in love!

Lívia said...

awww thats really sweet!
i was looking for that post where you tell how you met alex, and can't find it! if you find it, can you link it for me (us?)
i loved that story, and it's really fitting for valentines!

and btw, happy valentines day! i hope you three have fun!

Robin said...

How sweet and romantic!

Meg said...

woah, these are some pretty racy shots for the forties!! but they are very adorable :) happy love day!

Courtney said...

a very sweet story and lovely photos. i love vintage photos even if i don't know the people in them. i collect them- weird, right? i even used some to make my valentines this year.

Erin said...

Oh that's adorable. My grandparents met on a blind date too!

Michele said...

I just shared old family photos about a week ago. The ones of my grandparents are my absolute favorite. They've been married 70 years!!! It seems as if everyone in that generation was beautiful or handsome. Wonderful photos of your grandparents!

The Science Fair said...

This made me so happy. What a sweet story!

Laurren

Hannah xx said...

How romantic!

One Woman's Thoughts said...

Romance is appreciated no matter how much time has passed. Thank you for sharing. They are so obviously in love!

Anonymous said...

glad that u have such beautiful photos of your grandparents. my grandmother seems to hate my grandfather so much. when he's still alive, they lived in seperate houses and they rarely talk to each other. and i only see 1 or 2 family photos which they stay together in a picture. i always feel it's so sweet to see old photos of grandparents in love.

mirella said...

How cute are they? LOVE!

Jillian said...

these are lovely!! do you know what the 'H' or 'M' means on her dress in that first pic? I have a vintage scarf with that embroidered on it and would love to know what it might mean!

foodies at home said...

How wonderful to have such great family photos! They really are worth 1000 words!

Kezia Monet said...

Wow! These pictures are classic! Isn't it funny how the photographs seem so much more romantic just because they are old! I'm sure there are years of stories and wisdom to go with them. Thanks for sharing :)

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Lidia said...

sweet!!

hearttypat said...

those are really sweet pictures!

ValerieSienna said...

Cute... your grandmother looks like Drew Barrymore....!

Grandma Kathleen said...

i love black and white pictures. they are so cool! thanks for sharing with us.

anne said...

It's very touching. Old pictures have such a charm !

laura@paperthreadjournal said...

Such beautiful photos, they look so in love! My grandparents met in the war too, my British Grandad was posted in Italy where he met my Italian Nanna, who he married and brought back to the UK. I always think the pictures from this era look like they're from a film.

A.S. said...

How am I just now actually reading you? I've heard of Cup of Jo forever. Anyway, just devoured this first page and am def. going to be a follower from here on out. It's all wonderful.

La.Mademoiselle.X said...

ohhh what lovely pictures :')

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Such wonderful and romantic pictures! What a treasure!

Milly said...

what treasures!

I adore your blog, I'm following!

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xx

mkay said...

how precious is this!

Swedish In Atlanta said...

Such nice pictures. BTW, my husband is a hairdresser and really liked your ponytail demo!
Petra

Natalia Lopérgolo said...

Hola Jo:
Preciosas fots de tus abuelos... Me recuerdan fotos que ví de mis propios abuelos. En esos años todos lucían como estrellas de cine... Nostálgico y romántico para San Valentín.
Aquí en Argentina este día de los enamorados se está instalando de a poco.

Cariños

NAtalia

http://www.christianbale74.blogspot.com/

Glo • Matilda Mota said...

LOVELY PICS!!

etoilee8 said...

These are great! You're so lucky to have them.

Angel Court Jewels... said...

What a beautiful couple...Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!

xoxo,
Courtney

crystal glamour said...

so romantic :)

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Mina said...

What a beautiful couple! Awesome pictures!

Manu said...

OMG, Toby is just the perfect mix of them both!
Lovely pics by the way, hope you had a sweet Valentine's Day. Besos!

Liv said...

It's lovely with old photos isn't it, you can see how much in love they were..

la vie en broke said...

AMAZING! These pictures are such treasures!

--la vie en BROKE--
http://jennachristine.blogspot.com/

Laura J said...

This is the sweetest post- I have a black/white pic of my grandparents when they first met and it makes me happy every time I look at it:)
LJ
http://jonesyloves.blogspot.com/

Marina said...

Oh! My mom's father was an American soldier stationed in England when he met my grandmother, a brit from a tiny village who was working as a nurse in the war. Thanks for the lovely memories, and sweet, sweet photos. You've inspired me to get some photos together for my own Mom xox! Emily

stephanie said...

oh my gosh so sweet!!! what GREAT photos!! <3

Mo said...

Such a romantic story!

Roxy Te said...

how lovely :) My husband's grandparents met in the same fashion- a young girl from Wales and an American military man...so romantic!

Glamourbibliotekaren said...

Truly wonderful!! :)

Stephanie @ Blawsom said...

It's amazing that you have so many old family photos. I wish I had some... my grandparents lived in China {later Malaysia} and I guess photography didn't exist? We don't even know their real birthdate since certificates didn't exist!

Willa said...

I love this. They are a very beautiful couple too. I see the resemblance.

Maria said...

These photos are just darling. I love old photos!

EO516 said...

they look so in love!

Whitney said...

My grandparents have a similar story! My grandfather was an American pilot stationed in England, and my grandmother was a 17-year-old English girl. He married her 3 months after he met her at a dance, and put her on a boat and sent her to live in South Carolina with his mother until he finished his tour! They were married for over 60 years until they both passed away :)

emilyjsimpson said...

gorgeous photos. i love going through my family's old pictures

Molly said...

Oh Joanna, these photos are simply divine! What wonderful memories, their love for each other is extremely evident. Thank you for sharing these with us!

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Carissa said...

these old photos always seem so glamorous to me... and your grandparents look so in love and just totally caught up with each other. so cute!!

Wendy said...

They look so in love... This is what I strive for. Wonderful story, wonderful photos!

Miss Vodka said...

This is beautiful. Makes me want to get out my grandparents photos
:)


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Mariena said...

These are just adorable!!! How cute!

A Flourishing Perspective said...

oh my lands! love, love, love these, jo♥ thanks so much for sharing. what a sweet, sweet and inspiring little story! how adorable that they met on valentine's day IN england AND got married that same year:)

xoxoxo
-rachel

ladydazy said...

Luv those beautiful photographs of your grandparents. What a loving couple. Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

Joanna, these pictures make me want to cry they're so sweet! I am such a sucker for pictures from that era...especially when the man is in uniform. I have a book called War Letters, and I once cried for two weeks for a man who had been dead about 50 years. He was a young soldier from NY, crazy in love, and was killed in action. I could cry thinking about him now. Anyway, I see the same sweetness in your grandparents' eyes, and it makes me misty. Thanks for sharing.

Fiona said...

Great photos. You can tell how into each other they are--the tension is palpable! Good for them.

Anonymous said...

I don't have time to read through all 117 comments, so I'm very sorry if someone has already pointed this out, but WOW you look just like your grandfather!

Sincerely said...

This is such a completely perfect love story. Thanks for sharing this amazing photos!

WA Blog Team said...

So sweet! What a lovely gift from your mother. A beautiful, happy couple! ; )

anne-lise said...

I really like that kind of pictures, your granny seems to be sooo sweet! I also asked my granmother to send me pictures of them, the result is always so great.

Paullyn Villaseñor said...

oh wow! beautiful story.

Kelly said...

so romantic! I love stories of how grandparents met : )

modaspia said...

a beautiful love !

mlp said...

My heart was in a very similar place this Valentine's Day! http://lespommesdeterre.blogspot.com/2011/02/me-and-bob.html

I absolutley love these old photos. You really can't help but smile. It's proof that true love exists. Thanks for sharing these!

Lalipourie said...

wow what a hunky couple! last photo is quite steamy! Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

Joanna - the background to these photographs looks very familiar. I'm sure it's Torquay in the South West of England.

k e n d r a said...

amazing!!!!

these are so special, i feel weepy and happy looking at them!

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