Today when I place a fine piece of jewelry from the 1920's and 30's in the jewelry case here at the store where we sell antique and estate jewelry as well as other antiques , I remember Great Grandmother Minnie and those times in her home. Just the two of us. I feel I am fortunate to have known both great grandmothers in my life as many of my friends did not get the chance to be alive when the greats were. This gr grandmother lived to be about 70 and the other one who we called Granny Boo, due to her blindness and us sneaking up on her trying to scare her and yelling boo, she lived to be 99.
Great-Grandmother Minnie was quite wealthy and had so many wonderful things in her house. I took my time and examined each one without touching them as she watched over me.
But the best part of a trip to her house was her jewelry and makeup and furs. She allowed me to dress up in her furs, jewelry and apply as much makeup on my little 5 year old face as I wanted. What a mess I probably made. She never scolded me. Others said she was not a warm person, however I never saw that. She let me do much as I wanted in her house. The old jewelry was the favorite and I shudder now to think of the cost of some of her items, but she never said not this one or maybe when you are older. I was allowed to try on until I tired of the game and went on back next door where my grandmother, her daughter lived and where my family would be. I often remember these times now. She died almost 50 years ago.