Granddaughter goes viral to remember her grandmother’s love life in 1948
A woman has learned a little more about her late grandmother now that she’s browsed through a 73-year album of her grandmother’s former beau.
Fashion designer Lauren Semar shared a TikTok video of her discovery in late September, and she couldn’t help but admire the “guys” her grandmother seems to have dated in Bakersfield, Calif.
Semar guided viewers through the preserved album, which included photos and love letters that date back to the 1940s.
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“I would like to share with you all of the extremely hot and steamy men, who are probably dead now – she was dating him – because oh my God,” Semar explained before walking into the past.
There was Jim Dobbs, who looked classy in his uniform and left a handwritten note calling Semar’s grandmother “baby,” written in red ink. Then there was American sailor Doug Pounds and a very fit and “popular” young man named Dave Rogers.
Semar’s grandmother attended his senior dance with Bob Devlin around 1948, and a handwritten note on their dance card said the couple were in love.
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Other notable men featured in the album were Guy Justo, a furniture store owner, and two mysterious men, one of whom was named Wayne Park and the other who did not have a business card but looked like Rock Hudson, according to Semar.
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Several times, Semar jokingly asked, “Why aren’t you my grandfather? And it seems his sense of humor struck a chord with TikTok users, as Semar’s video has been viewed over 2.1 million times in nine days.
Semar told Fox News that she is close to her grandmother – Mary Lee – who is believed to have been 91.
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“I made the video on the second anniversary of his death,” Semar said. “She was my best friend and I knew I was going to be sad that day, but I wanted to do something fun, something she would have liked too.”
She continued, “My grandmother was a model in her twenties and always had the most gorgeous clothes. Going through all of her old photos influenced me to start my own vintage-inspired clothing business.”
Semar said her viral TikTok video put her in touch with the granddaughter of Jim Dobbs, the first man she shows in the video.
“We have decided that we are honor cousins and are planning a trip to meet each other,” Semar said.
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Other TikTok users have identified themselves as family members or friends of the men featured in the album.
Several commentators unrelated to Semar or the men offered glowing compliments on each person’s sense of style.
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“For fashion today compared to yesteryear, what I think is interesting is that over 70 years later boys still wear jeans, t-shirts and letterman jackets. “Semar told Fox News. “Sure, they’re fitter back then, but I think finding the similarities between the generations is a great way to identify and connect with our grandparents. When you do that, they might like you. tell all the juicy stories of their youth and maybe, share pictures of ex-boyfriends or sexy girlfriends with you. “
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Semar sells vintage-inspired clothing through its Lauren of Palm Springs custom clothing line.