I am so excited to have finished a collection that I have been dreaming about doing for a long time. I guess that "dream" is a good word for this; perhaps that's what I will call it once the proofs have arrived and it goes up for sale.
My fraternal grandmother, who passed in the early 1960's, was quite the firecracker. Although I was only a young child when she passed, through memorabilia that was saved and passed down, I have gotten to know her quite well.
Elva married my grandfather in 1918 at the age of 16 and quit school. Together they operated a filling station for awhile then later on ran 3 successful restaurants (during the Depression no less). She went back and finished high school, was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation for many years and enjoyed the new craze of flying. When the war broke out, her two sons (my dad and uncle) enlisted and she went back to school. Only this time, it was in Wichita Kansas at the Beech Aircraft Company.
But during her years as a mother and business owner, she dreamed of them one day building their own home. Her Dream Home. She clipped and saved many photos and articles from the magazines of the day. The box they are in is full of those magazines along with drawings and ideas jotted down here and there. They are the inspiration for this new collection.
Elva earned supervisor status and came to work here when the Douglas Plant was opened. Grandpa followed. And yes, together they built that dream home. She was outside painting that beloved home when she had her fatal heart attack.