Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Greetings from Firenze, 1939
Car boot sale season is back! The local car boot sale is only a few minutes away, a nice walk down the high street. Before the end of last season I was hunting for useful things for the flat as it still wasn't complete : a set of boring pine wood bar stools ( which we transformed into sleek french style black laquered kitchen stools), rattan chairs for the balcony and vintage ivory silk lamp shades. Now that my home is fully furnished ( I still have my eye on a beautiful four poster bed, but that will be for later) I don't really need any useful items and I can concentrate on the fun part of car boot sale hunting...weird nick-nacks and other "decorative junk". I always loved to have a wall full of pictures frames, a collection of photos and art from different era's and styles but my wall is still quite bare. Slowly slowly it is coming together, but I need a lot more! Last Sunday I found an interesting photo of a young couple. Both in their best outfit, nice hats, beautiful smiles.
The frame in green leather, looking as old as the picture itself. For just a pound, it was hard to pass it up. At home, being curious as ever, I took it out of the frame and saw a glimpse of a different live, different time...since then this photo is fascinating me. The picture was taken in Florence in 1939. Someone wrote " Betty and Enzo. To dad, with affection."
Betty looks English, and Enzo is unmistakably Italian. My parents met in Florence in the seventies, so I can imagine their story being similar to my parents'. They walked the same streets, different cultures, different languages. 1939...right before WWII. I wonder what happened to them. Did they get married? Was it just a summer love? Did the war destroy their friendship or love story...I guess I'll never know, but Betty and Enzo are more than welcome on my photo and art wall in my inspiration room aka craftroom slash dining room.

7 comments:

theworldsdresser said...

What a beautiful photograph. I know its just me being silly, but whenever I find old pictures with markings, I do an internet search to see if I can find out what happened to the folks, lol.

Michelle Brunner said...

This is a lovely photograph! Such a beautiful couple! I love your wall of photographs. Each one has a story to tell!

Ni-Chern Designs said...

Wow, that's really neat! I also love your wall of photographs! So unique!

Cherry Tart Design said...

What a great find! I would love to own something so great. I would stare at it for hours wondering what their lives would have been like. Thank you for sharing your story, I can see how it is so special to you with the similar circumstances in which your parents met.

Kala Pohl Studio said...

What a great photo, makes you wonder about their story, doesn't it?

Flax and Spindle said...

I love it..my mom has Sooo many old photos from my family some from the late 1800's

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