Mr. Irene and I talked with friends the other day about the blog. The subject of our conversation was the blog's likely evolution. At some point, the really old photos all will have been scanned and posted, and I will be left primarily with photos from the 1970s and onward. Those types of images might appeal to some readers—I was, for example, charmed when a commenter referred to a snapshot from 1972 as a "vintage photo."
I probably won't stumble across many more surprises like the "Grandma's Photos" box.
I do, however, have relatives and friends who lived in different places, and they have been uniformly generous and gracious about sharing family photos. Last week, for example, Mr. Irene's Los Angeles Cousin sent us an album filled with snapshots that Mr. Irene and I had not seen before.
I also have been in touch again with my "Kaunas Cousin." She is the Granddaughter of my Dad's older, paternal cousin, Henry. Kaunas Cousin and I are exactly the same age. She and I were penpals for many years, and I still have her letters, filed chronologically, in a shoebox.
Although we had our generation in common, Kaunas Cousin grew up in a Lithuania occupied by the Soviet Union. Her photos sharply portray life in a different world.
So today, I introduce Kaunas Cousin, and I thank her for sharing her angles of the family history with the blog.
Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, about 1966 or 1967. Kaunas Cousin sits on the steps with her Grandfather, Henry.