Friday, July 14, 2006


Today's Photo Friday challenge is Remarkable.

My grandfather and my grandmother were remarkable human being. His name was Felício Marmo and he was born at August 1th, 1884, in Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) but he was raised and lived all his life in São Paulo . My grandmother’s name was Rita Goulart and she was born at May 15, 1888 in Itu, São Paulo's State. They both were talented teachers, loved each other so much, had four childens and also they were dedicated parents and grandparents.

Books was his passion and he transmitted to me his enthusiasm for literature and arts in general. This photo was taken at a hotel room in 1909. He wrote two books about his memories. (Click on all photos to enlarge)

My grandparents married at October 1th, 1913.

My grandmother was a kind, sweet person and very special to me. She was also a talented and creative artisan.

My grandmother at her graduation.

My grandfather with his students in a Public School.

My great-grandfather (siting at the middle), named Francesco Antonio Marmo, was born in Casalbuono, Salerno Province, in Italy, come to Brazil in 1855 and had eleven childrens, eight sons and three daughters. In this photo, we see only six of them and my grandfather is the first standing at the right. Long flowing mustaches were common and fashion in 1900's.

My grandmother died at the age of 88 and him at the age of 96. They were truly a remarkable human being to me and to my family.

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  1. Sonja, it is so lovely and very interesting, to see all this old photos. The hotel photo is very nostalgic. I also collect the old photos from my family. Mr. Wonderful had scanned for a lot of days, and now I have my archive an the Computer!


  2. Your grandfather was a very handsome man. How lucky you are to have these treasured photos of him.

    A wonderful post.

    Take care,

  3. Oh Sonia...isn't it wonderful that you have all these great pictures...! And going back to your Great Grandfather, too! I LOVE these! Your Grandfather and your Grandmother were handsome and beautiful people, weren't they? Thank you for posting these and I hope you post more of your family. I so adore seeing other peoples family's heritage is so fascinating, isn't it?
    LOVE those "handle bar " Moustaches...

  4. I too like to look at family photos.
    great to see your grandmother graduation. In the early 1900's it was quite rare for Women to graduate. here in England some universities would not award degrees to women.

  5. Thankyou for posting these wonderful images of your family. What gorgeous faces.

  6. How nice your pictures are. I also enjoy seeing old photo's. Your grandmother's graduation picture was a joy. I wonder how many woman were in her graduating class. What a great post.

  7. I love the first photo of him sitting on the bed reading the book. It is a classic, clean old photo. Just beautiful!

  8. The photos are gorgeous and stories that are attached to it are quite as interesting as well

  9. Sonia, you are so lucky to have these photos (and high quality ones at that) of your family going so far back. My favorite is the one of your grandfather sitting on the bed. The other things in the room tell so much about that time too. And the moustache is rather dashing!

  10. Sonia, how fascinating to see these old pictures!! You are fortunate to have them. We have very few pictures of our family from this long ago.

    I love them all. That one of your father sitting in the hotel room is so neat with all those items from that period there.

    Those moustaches!! They must have taken some maintenance, but look very nice.

    Thanks for sharing these pictures of your lovely family. What memories they must bring back to you.

  11. Sonia, what amazing photos. How lucky you are to have such beautiful, excellent quality photos, that are so very old. Your relatives are handsome people, and the photos say so much about the times they lived in.
    Thank you for sharing them.
    Take care, Meow

  12. Sonia...I just love looking at old family pictures. The men in your family are quite handsome with their mustaches.

  13. Just their story is remarkable! How wonderful you have all those great photos. I envy you that. She was so beautiful and he very handsome!

  14. Sonia, she was beautiful! What wonderful old photos; thanks for posting them.

  15. Those are great photographs and an even better story to go along with your history.

  16. Sonia, the photos and history are remarkable! You are fortunate to have photos and history of your family for not all of us can go back in time in that way. What very special and beautiful people your grandparents were. This is a very interesting post to read. Thank you for sharing!

  17. These photos all are the beginnings of many stories. You are fortunate to have such a good heritage. ----Plus a great gene pool!

  18. These photos are amazing. You're family looks very beautiful.

  19. Sonia, how wonderful for you that your grandparents lived long enough to influence your life. I enjoyed very much the first two photos and also the one of your grandfather with his public school class. And, of course, your grandparents were also very photogenic! :)

  20. What a wonderful heritage, Sonia! And how lucky you are to have grown up with this wonderful and handsome couple. You're so fortunate to have these incredibly fine photos. Early photos of my family were lost in the bombing of London in WWII.

  21. Sonia,
    I loved these wonderful photos of your grandparents. I, too, was blessed with having my grandparents be a large part of my life. I hope I am a better person because of their great influence.

  22. These photos are so interesting and very beautiful. How precious they must be to you Sonia and your family.
    I enjoyed the brief story about your Grand Parents and Great Grand Father.
    I really am fascinated by genealogy.
    Thank You so much for sharing, this post was wonderful :)

  23. Sonia, as so many others have said, you are very lucky to have these priceless family treasures. The photographs are not just technically superb, but so helpful in retaining the wonderful memories of your family's ancestry.

    Thank you for allowing us to see some of your personal history.

  24. That was about the best post I ever saw...anywhere...ever.

  25. You were richly blessed with such wonderful grandparents. The pictures are just beautiful. I really like those long flowing mustaches. This post about your grandparents just warmed my heart completely! :)

  26. I love the photo of your grandmother's graduation. She was so lovely. You look like her!
    Wonderful family history Sonia...such a handsome grandfather too. He looks so young and debonair :)
    Great pictures!

  27. Amazing! You are so blessed having a remarkably wonderful & talented family!

  28. Mona, I'm very touched and pleased to see these photos and to learn something about your family!!!

    Especially the photo of your grandfather sitting on the bed is remarkable. Most photos from these days are the "official" ones for specific events, but this is just a natural scene, which at the same time says so much about him and life at that time!!


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