On Thanksgiving Day, November 1948, James Doran married Mary Mirota. It was a double wedding, and Mary’s brother, Joseph Mirota, married Stefie Mosch. The two couples were celebrating their joint fifth wedding anniversary at the Mirota farmhouse in these photos. The large picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus seems to be watching over all who gather at the family table. The wedding had been held at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
This is one of my favorite photos of Joe and Stefie – it shows their joy and happiness – and Stefie never looked more beautiful. The children on the other hand look a little bored and restless and ready for the cake and pie.
Stefie Mirota is helping her sister-in-law, Mary, while their other sister-in-law, Jean Pucilowski Mirota, is looking on with the children. The traditional gift for fifth anniversaries is wood, and the modern gift is silverware. I wonder if the silverware coffee server was a new gift.
Jim Doran is relaxing in his work clothes with his three young children. Possibly they celebrated on the actual day, November 25th, and not on Thanksgiving that year.
How cute is Mary in this polka dot dress with a warm looking sweater! I love how the newspaper is on Mary’s lap, and a bookcase is next to the sofa. She enjoyed reading, and shared that joy with her children. The radio had been the center of the current news and entertainment, but the television was taking center stage.
To read more about their wedding day in 1948 you can click here, and you can also click on any image to enlarge it. I wonder what the headline was on that newspaper? Thanks to my sister for sharing these photographs with me.
Best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving Day here in the USA on Thursday!
Copyright by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters 2016.