Verona, Wisconsin, October 2015. It's been a gloomy week.
October 31, 2015
Suburban Chicago, October 31, 1967. I revisit my favorite costume.
My paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, sewed a white, trick-or-treating tote to match the costume. I dragged the tote through the puddles as my Best Friend and I walked around the neighborhood late in the afternoon that Halloween. When I got home, Tatjana and my Mom saw that the bag—and the candy I'd collected—had been soaked. They threw everything away. I only got the remnants of what we'd bought to pass out to trick-or-treaters. The splendid variety of my haul was gone, and I was left with one bag of Life Savers.
October 30, 2015
Suburban Chicago, October 31, 1961. This snapshot shows a view of the Rec Room before my Parents redecorated it. The top of the play table is uncluttered.
October 29, 2015
Kaunas, Lithuania, October 31, 1941. I was digging through Dad's memento box, and I found this image attached to his agricultural-college identification booklet. Dad earned his highest grade at the school in a course called "Political Economics."
October 28, 2015
Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1997. Mr Irene's Mom joins her classmates from the St. Casimir Academy Class of 1947. (St. Casimir Academy later became Maria High School.)
October 27, 2015
Kaunas, Lithuania, August 3, 1927. The Administrator of the city of Kaunas and surrounding areas issued this permit to the American Consul to Lithuania. The document states, "PERMIT. With this I [the Kaunas Administrator] allow America's Consul Mr. [Robert Wayne] Heingartner, to keep a shooting revolver gun. This permit will be in effect until January 1, 1928."
Thanks to the Consul's Granddaughter for making this photo available to us.
October 26, 2015
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Seligenstadt, Germany, August 15, 1945. This is the card with which my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, registered her intent to emigrate from postwar Germany. She sailed to New York three years later.
(Note that Tatjana recorded Lithuanian as her dominant language.)
October 25, 2015
Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1938. This is my maternal Grandmother, Jadzė, and my Mom. I hadn't thought about this photo in a while, but Mom today mentioned the picnic at which it was taken. As the group lunched in the forest, a fortune teller approached Mom. The fortune teller read Mom's palm. She stated Mom would live "in another country, across the deep ocean" and correctly predicted how many children Mom would have. Everyone laughed.
The fortune teller then read Jadzė's palm. The woman shook her head and said nothing to Jadzė.
October 24, 2015
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October 19, 2015
Kaunas, Lithuania, January 21, 1927. This is a pass to the Lithuanian National Theater. It was issued to the American Consul to Lithuania. The Consul wrote, "Today the Foreign Office sent me a season ticket to the opera good for two seats in the diplomatic box every night during the 1927 season. We have not been there yet because the opera is far back from the street in the public garden and automobiles cannot drive up to the entrance. In this cold weather Lily does not like to walk out in the cutting night air."
Thanks to the Consul's Grandaughter for making this photo available to us.
My maternal Grandmother, Jadzė, bought season tickets to the same theater. Mom remembers attending performances there. Mom also recalls how wives of the Soviet soldiers arrived at the theater after the Russians occupied Lithuania in 1941. Most of the Russian women were of peasant stock, but they had heard they should attend the opera in ballgowns. The woman appeared in the theater lobby wearing satin nightgowns.
October 18, 2015
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October 16, 2015
Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. Mom and Dad stand on the balcony of the Many Glacier Hotel. Every time I look at this photo, I think the background looks artificial.
October 15, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin, October 9, 2015. I haven't been to a full-service car wash in about 15 years. I was shocked by the prices! But I was relieved to see this pair still gracing the cashier's station.
October 9, 2015
Springfield, Illinois, June 1972. Most found the museum shop more interesting than than Lincoln home.
I recall most girls wore "culottes" on this field trip.