Tuesday, April 11, 2017


My grandmother Estelle was born in 1894. If she were here she would be 123 on April 25.
She remembered the first time she saw an airplane fly over their community, and how the "old folks" were scared to get into an automobile when they were the newest thing.
A little trivia about the 1890's:
Boll weevils destroyed the South's cotton crop.
Ellis Island opened.
Thomas Edison invented silent motion pictures.
The first bottled Coca Cola was sold.
Bayer invented aspirin tablets.
Other items patented in this era were pinking shears and zippers, which Grandmother certain put to good use!


Patsy said...

I for sure would have to look these up, but could it have been
1890 or 85???
I sure miss my grandmother!

Cheryl said...

I have been following your blog lately, as well as a few others, and had to comment on this post. My grandmother also was born in 1895 and I thoroughly enjoyed your post; made me think of my grandmother as well with the pinking scissors, etc. Her passions were sewing and craft work. Such memories. I just am starting a blog myself; yours is the first one I have commented on. Now if only I did this correctly!!

Susie said...

Karen, What great history events. I remember going to the air and space museum in D.C. the time between the first flight and space was not really very long...when you think about it. Look how quickly computers and phones are evolving. That is a good picture of your grandmother. I like the name Estelle. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

L. D. said...

My one grandmother was also born in that same time frame. She was so thrilled with tv when she finally got one. She live through some really tough time is her early years.

Dianna said...

Your grandmother was such a beautiful lady, Karen.

Thank you for the 1890's information. My husband and I were just talking about Ellis Island a couple of evenings ago. Now we know a bit more about it.

Debby Ray said...

Ah yes...the dreaded pinking shears! The ones my mom had were terribly and basically chewed the fabric! Some to think of it, I really should invest in a good pair! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Rose said...

She is a pretty woman...interesting facts about that year.

Brenda said...

Hi Karen,
I did not see much of my grandparents as my parents were older parents and my granddad lived a distance away. I have always thought how nice it would be to be able to go back in the past to visit ancestors in their timescale. My ancestors on my mother's side were Jewish and came into this country from Germany and I believe Austria.

Sandra said...

my dad's mother was born in 1886 and died in 1959.. I liked reading about the things that happened in the 90's. my dad was born in 1913 and his older sister in 1905.. thanks for jogging my memories of my own grandmother

Stephanie said...

My dear Karen, your grandmother was such a beautiful lady! And oh, what fun to learn a few things about the 1890's :) I thoroughly enjoyed this post!

Hugs to you!

Connie said...

Amazing, isn't it, how things have changed over time? How neat to have this picture. Hope you have a nice Easter.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh, my grandmother was born about the same time! What a wonderful life they led...they saw so much history right before their eyes! Thank you for sharing. This is wonderful. I love hearing about our ancestors. They were a hardy breed!!!

KathyB. said...

That is a wonderful picture to have and also remind yourself of a grandmother you loved.The 1890's really weren't all that long ago , much of my life I knew people who were born in that century but so much in the world has changed sometimes I think it was a whole different planet.

Pinking shears... my mother's pinking shears were so expensive she forbade us from using them. I don't believe I own a pair of them.

Aritha said...

What a beautiful woman. I love what you are telling about that time.

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