Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Day 276 - Ancestors
This lovely lady was unearthed the other day from a box buried in Nick's study. She is Emilie, Nick's grandmother's older sister. This studio photo was taken in Egypt when Emilie was probably in her late 30's - many members of this family had white hair before they turned 40. Originally from Smyrna (now Izmir), Emilie and her husband left for Egypt long before her sister Anna (Nick's Yiayia)arrived there as a refugee in the 1920's.It was in response to her older sister's urgings that the widowed Anna and her 3 young children left the inhospitable refugee camp in Athens and arrived in Alexandria, 1 year after their forced departure from their mountain village of Kouklouja overlooking the beautiful and once predominantly Greek port city of Smyrna.
Emile's eyes and eyebrows remind me a little of Stefanie's.