Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Letting Go


Look what we found in a box amongst Ron's mother's belongings in the basement! 


Ron had forgotten all about this dress and it was taken here after his mother died 16 years ago.


He figures this was his Mom's  university graduation prom dress.


That was in 1942 and the dress was packed away since then!


Since we have been clearing out the basement to stock the shoppe 
we have started up for the summer/fall months,
 we came across this dress much to our surprise.


You see our shoppe/room is located next to a vintage dress shoppe!


So we decided to take it down and show Amy, the owner, this perfect vintage formal dress.


When Amy first saw it she let out a little squeal and couldn't believe her eyes!
This is her passion and when she saw this dress she really was beyond herself for a second.


We asked her if she'd like to put it in her shoppe on consignment.
She said she would be thrilled to do that.
Amy has consulted on a few vintage weddings over the years
and this dress would certainly fit the bill.


But before we did all this we wanted to record this piece of Ron's family history.
Since his mother, her name was Tommy, loved the colour pink
we decided to photograph the dress out in the front garden near a pink Azalea.


We both felt a little strange in doing this but it was like taking something out the past
and freeing it and giving it life once again.

I am sure Tommy would be pleased and happy her graduation dress from 1942
will find a new home and owner after all these years.

I know Ron was happy to do this and let go of long ago memories
that needed to be liberated.




27 comments:

  1. So precious, and photos to have a part of her beautiful graduation gown forever. I still have my own Mum's wedding gown, from April 1938, a little yellowed, but otherwise still as good as the day or days when she sat and sewed it. Maybe a photo to come one day soon. Hugs to you Ron, as a part of your Mum and her life may well start all over again, much loved by another special lady, as I'm so sure the lady who will treasures this, will be so special too. Jean.

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  2. Dress looks very beautiful! Sweet memories!

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  3. Magnificent, it's wonderful how you honoured her by taking a photo of the dress near the pink flowers. I'm sure she's smiling from above and to give to exactly the right people probably at the right moment, something tells me something magical is about to happen..Good for you 2...You deserve the best

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  4. how very cool. i think tommy is smiling down on both of you. i hope it finds a great new home!

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  5. What a cool find, Jim, and what a great post! It's not easy to let go, but it does set us - and our departed loved ones - free.

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  6. It's just lovely! You're going to make some lover of vintage clothing very, very happy.

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    1. I am sure the right person will come along and fall in love with it, Debra.

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  7. oh wow so special-and I love that you photographed it! I love that you found just the right place to help the dress find a new home-it would make a gorgeous wedding gown.

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    1. It sure would Kathy! You now an idea just occurred to me!! Wouldn't it be great if I could photograph the person who buys/wears this dress....especially if it was for a wedding?!! Thanks Kathy!

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  8. What a beautiful dress! I'm a big fan of vintage so I can understand the excitment of the shop owner. It must have been so nice to dig it out after all those years. It will make somebody else as happy as Tommy was when she wore it, I'm sure

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    1. I know you are Hayley-Eszti. It would look beautiful on you!! It was quite a surprise to me because I hadn't seen it before. I was amazed at its good condition.

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  9. I cannot add much to those who have already commented. They said what I feel. The pictures are all you need to save, the dress cries out to be worn. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. Yes, the photos will be keep her memory alive for us.
      Someone will be very happy to get this dress.

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  10. Love the splash of color. Tommy had good taste. And now it can be loved by someone new.

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    1. So true Stew! Someone else will create their own memories with Tommy's dress.

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  11. Wow! That is awesome!! I love how you are giving this dress new life and I'm sure Tommy would be thrilled. don't you wish you could take a look back in time and see her on that night... dancing... and enjoying life? Love the idea of the picture by the pink flowers.

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    1. It was very moving for me to take these Bobbi, as it was for Ron. It was almost like freeing her spirit/soul and coming to terms with her death for us. It is all good.
      I am sure Tommy felt like a princess that night of her prom.

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    2. Bobbi ~~ thank you so much ~~ I'm all welled up inside. Mom was the sweetest person and just loved life.

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  12. Oh my-- the dress is an absolute treasure-- you gave it a wonderful new life by taking these beautiful photos. When it goes to a new home-- I'm sure it will be loved. I think Tommy would be very pleased:)

    Love
    Vicki

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    1. So do I Vicki. Tommy had a wonderful gentle spirit.

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  13. Someone will be very lucky to get that dress.

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    1. Terry, Ron's Mom would be tickled pink that someone else got the chance to enjoy this dress.

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  14. incredible. It will bring so many happy memories to Ron to have this photographed and someone new will have the opportunity to live out their princess fantasy. Just lovely.

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    1. The dress will live on Joanne. That is good.

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  15. You are the best, hon ~~ Mom would be so proud of seeing this dress in cyber-space now.....!

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  16. It's beautiful. I have The Hurricane's high school prom dress, and I have a few of my dresses from the seventies. I wish I hadn't sold my wedding dress. I didn't bother to keep it because it was too small for The Hurricane, but it wouldn't be too small for a certain petite daughter-in-law. Ah, well. It's long gone. I really enjoyed the photos. Thanks.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. How wonderful to be found after all those years! My Grandmother (seamstress she was) didn't have any formal dresses in her estate! She was a mother, so there was a score of "every day" dresses she'd made herself. I do have one formal she gave me a few years ago. A soft pink "Elenore Grey" party dress. I used the dress (along with my grandfathers white tux jacket) in the "secret wedding" scene in West Side Story last year.

    But truly what a treasure you both found!

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