"In a human moment before Jehovah grabbed her"

by truthseeker 26 Replies latest jw friends

  • carla
    carla

    Love it! I would get along with your grandpa! signed a fellow ubm, I too have pre jw memories before jah grabbed my spouse.

  • Diogenesister
    Diogenesister

    Oh truthseeker I am totally blown away by your poignant and beautiful story. The family snapshot is stunning and so natural...your grandfather was a handsome and talented chap! Have you framed his drawings? There is something quite timeless about artwork from this period, the 20s/30s are perhaps the most stylish era ever. I would also love to see your grandmother's work, too Did she keep up her art after her baptism? If so I wonder if it changed at all.

    I recall John Lennon saying that there is a whole celestial warehouse of work never created on Earth because of heroin.

    The same could be said for Watchtower. I imagine a whole warehouse full of music and art-forms on another time-plain never made by creative people who became witnesses­čśó

    What an intriguing family history you have! Artists, heart-ache and cults...I hope your great-grandmother was not shunned by her zealous baby daughter from the photo, in later years. Of course shunning was not a thing when your great-grandmother and grandmother were baptised.

    I've noticed there seem to be a lot of Witnesses from Yorkshire. I wonder if it just that my own connection, despite being from the Home Counties, was with Leeds witnesses that I notice this. I would be interested to know whether there are any statistics showing numbers of Witnesses from what regions in the UK. I expect only Watchtower would hold such information.

  • truthseeker
    truthseeker

    Diogenesister.

    Thank you for your kind comments. My g-grandmother kept a scrapbook from the 1910s and also made oil paintings. She would sit on Worthing seafront (West Sussex) and draw and paint.

    My g-grandfather was born in London and married my g-grandmother in 1922. They traveled around England a lot, due to his work, and lived in various places in Yorkshire.

    My maternal grandfather was born in Leeds though he had nothing to do with the Witnesses. He died in 2003.

    Oil painting by my g-grandmother...

    Enjoy...

  • truthseeker
    truthseeker

    I'm going to have to post one at a time as the forum is crashing on two or more pix


  • truthseeker
  • truthseeker
    truthseeker

    My gg-grandfather (1878-1962) drew these two pictures in his daughter's scrapbook (my g-grandmother)


  • truthseeker
  • truthseeker
  • truthseeker
    truthseeker

    My grandmother as a baby circa 1930..She lived to be 84 and died 3 years ago. Lived near the seafront between Chichester and Brighton. Despite disability, she preached whenever anyone came in her flat, she would go on the seafront in her buggy and hand out Awake and Watchtower magazines. Have to admire her determination.

  • Diogenesister
    Diogenesister

    oh Truthseeker your great grandmother was an extremely talented woman. The oil painting at The top is stunning, as is The beautiful rose.

    The cartoon illustration reminds me so much of The very early Disney drawings...the very first Mickey mouse cartoons and super early Betty Boop. Its the shape of the faces. Gorgeous. The stylish clothes drawings in your grandma's scrapbook wouldn't look out of place in a modern designers port folio, it's funny how clothes come around. I remember those thick stockings, my great grandmother used to wear them! You could obviously still obtain them in the 80's....they were opaque, made of thick cotton I believe, were an odd pebble shade and had very distinctive thick seams which your great grandmother so clearly illustrates.

    Thank goodness your family have managed to hang on to so many precious treasures - given they travelled, plus the disruption of two world wars . They are priceless. I'm sure a design museum would love to exhibit them!! An art historian would certainly be enthralled! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Boy I love this forum! I'm sure people I knew would have crossed paths with your grandmother, but since they are all passed sadly I will never know.

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