My Mom ~ Irene Rose McCarthy Petzolt 1922-1991
Sikorsky CH-34 used through 1969 in Vietnam - made at the Sikorsky plant in Bridgeport/Fairfield CT, where my uncle worked.
Evening in Paris.....the perfume stacy's mom gave grandma one year for christmas and grandma cried. when she was young, her girlfriend got this for a gift and grandma thought it was the most wonderful present in the world. the only gift grandma ever remembered getting was an orange one year when she was about five yrs. old.
Evening in Paris perfume was sold in the dime stores in the 50's ... now the bottles are prized collectables.
Manhattan Clam Chowder - my Mom preferred Manhattan style over New England style, no one else in the family did (my father referred to it as fancy vegetable soup), so she'd make a batch, divide it up and freeze it so she'd have it while we had the New England style she made for us. Years later, when she was ill and living with me, I'd buy a can of Campbell's Manhattan Style Clam Chowder and surprise her with it for dinner. Funny how little things can mean so much. (Link goes to a recipe.)
One Perfect Bite: Manhattan Clam Chowder
Maine State Prison Store. Bought lots of wooden items from this store in Thomaston, Maine. Inmates at the prison make a variety of handmade items, from toys to furniture, and the profit they make on what they sell goes into an account given to them when they leave the prison. Good program, they learn a trade and have money to start a, hopefully, new life. Anyone visiting us always wanted to "go to the prison"! Very reasonable prices.
Andrew Wyeth."Christina's World" - this farm is not far from where we lived in Maine, on the road to Thomaston. We drove by it several times a week. Christina Olson was the handicapped daughter of the oener, a friend of the Wyeths. This was my Mom's favorite painting, and one of mine too.
Andrew Wyeth - The Patriot,1964 **my personal note (Maura): This man is Ralph Cline who lived near us in Spruce Head, Maine. He was a sweet old man who made his living cutting trees, selling wood and doing odd jobs;he delivered wood to us for years. Wyeth really captured him, he always had a hint of a smile on his face! He had struck up a friendship with Wyeth who asked to paint him in his WWI uniform. I was so happy that Wyeth chose Mr. Cline as a subject, such a sweet, ordinary man to be immortalized this way!
WYETH Andrew « AMERICAN GALLERY
wood burning stove - the one thing my Mom asked my Dad to include in our home. She always wanted a black, woodburning stove in the kitchen. This is fancier than the one we had. Boy, did it come in handy in harsh Maine winters!!
Bridgeport CT Fire Dept, Engine 4 (near Madison, station no longer exists), 1915. My grandfather John McCarthy and his brother James worked at stations 7 and 11 during the same time.
Bridgeport CT Fire Department, Engine 7, 1916 - my grandfather John T. McCarthy worked here at this time.