This is a photo of my Grannie facing her Sweet Shop. Today would of been Grannie's 104th birthday. I love you Grannie and miss you so much.
The papers are Basic Grey wassail collection. I hand cut the flowers and leaves on the top and the big rose to slip her photo in. I wanted to match the flowers on her hat so I used florals from M's. Snipped the stems off and removed the plastic do-dads. Added some buttons (Grannie had the best button collection) It's hard to see but the charm is a cherub looking at Grannie. This is my 1st lay out where I tried distressing. Thank you Doreen for your encouragement! Your right, it is FUN! LOL!
The journaling is typed out on the back it reads:
My Grannie was born Albina Garabaldi to Italian immigrants in Colma, California, on September 26, 1905. Colma was settled mostly by Italians and was a lovely little farming village. It is now mostly known as Cemetery City. The farms are now residential communities. When Albina, their only daughter came after two sons, her parents had an established vegetable and flower nursery, which later was expanded by her two older and one younger brother. The Garibaldi boys wined and dined with San Francisco politicians. Albina grew up among the flowers. She attended Jefferson Grammar School, attended San Mateo High school. She commuted on the old #40 streetcar. Sickness interfered with her completing San Mateo High School. When she recovered, she studied dressmaking and millinery in San Francisco.
By then, the family owned extensive property on Mission Road, which became Colma's shopping center in the 1930's. Her parents and brothers built and ran the local Colma Theater and stores on both sides. Albina became proprietress of the Colma Sweet Shop beside the theater. She made wonderful soda's, floats, rich milkshakes and malts using creamy milk for 15 cents, banana splits and sundaes for 25 cents. The glassed chocolate counter held fancy boxed and trays of loose chocolate and jars of hard candy for the theater goers. Her shop was the local meeting place with it's tabled booths along the walls, it's revolving stools along the marble fountain counter, it's round ice cream tables and wire back chairs in center. People filled the place before and after the old silent movies.
Albina's favorite sport was swimming. One of her customers was red-haired George Volkman, a star baseball player. Sutro Baths at the San Francisco Cliff House provided their first dates. She became a June bride on the 9th in 1928. The wedding celebration took place at Lochen Gardens, Colma. The tables groaned with homemade ravioli's, fritata's, roast, chicken, turkey, salads, french bread, appetizer's and wine. Toasts to the couple went on and on, as did the accordion band.
George and Albina lived in Colma until 1950, when they moved to Burlingame, California. George commuted to 29th and Mission daily to where he worked as a butcher in a popular German shop. Albina became a gourmet cook and specialty gardener at home.
Their one and only child, my father, Robert George was born January 24, 1931.