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KAREN LIPPOWITHS SINCE 2005

 
fine art photography
 
 
 
 
 
OLD WORLD GINGERBREAD
 
18 may 2018
 
 


 
 
 
Without question, my most prized possession is this box.  It is my grandmother's luggage with which she, her one sibling, and my great grandmother, traveled from Wishaw, Scotland via ocean liner (the RMS Cameronia) through Ellis Island in 1925 to join my great grandfather, in metro Detroit.  Andrew Burt left earlier and soon found work in the office with Henry Ford as a buyer.

Winifred Burt was a regal woman, known by those around her as The Queen Bee.  Like women of her generation, she kept an immaculate home, never drove, and spent her days raising her family.  My hazy memories of her (she died when I was not quite five) include a pristine living room filled with beautiful things, starched fabric corners, and her standing in a dress.  In additon to the box, I inherited my great grandmother's fur stole monogramed from iconic J.L. Hudson Co., her hand-painted gold Morimura Noritake bone china that she crated and hand carried from Scotland, and an amazing gingerbread recipe.  I made this recipe for the first time (it's tradition that my mom makes the bread at Christmas time) and photographed it as a tribute to my mom.  I included a photo of her as a young girl wearing her swiss dot dress with matching doll with dress.  My great grandmother gifted it for my mom for Christmas.

My mom talks of her grandmother affectionaly.  I know she misses her.  My mom was the apple of my great grandmother's eye.  She loved her granddaughter very much, just as I love my mom.
 
 
 












































 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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