The subject of my book came from a stack of love letters my father wrote to my mother in the years 1937 to 1939, for theirs was a long-distance romance. Combined with pictures from my mother's photo albums, I created Roméo à Cyp as a tribute to their lives together. This August 23rd would have been their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Sadly, August 5th marks 30 years since my father, Roméo, passed away, and October 6th will mark 29 years since my mother, Cyprienne, passed.
This book was for them.
I made six copies, of which I kept three.
The title page, created by combining the cover my mother had created for the letters and the marks left by glue and paper on the back of one of her pictures.
My mother at her childhood home in Baie-St-Paul, Quebec.
A small letter written inside in which he asks Cyprienne to write to him often as it will help make the days away from her so much easier.
The Bride - My mother and her family justaposed over two family trees she had created in her photo albums.
August 23, 1939Since my parents passing, I have read most of the letters my father wrote as he courted my mother. I could only imagine her replies for he had not kept the letters she wrote. It is a very strange thing indeed to see your father in the role of courter and his letters certainly earned him the name he was given at birth, and which is synonomous with romance, Roméo.