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For 50 years I was completely unaware of the existence of this 1957 photo of me, my grandmother, mother and father until a chance event unearthed it in Italy two years ago. My brother and sister, visiting our father and grandmother's home town of Murialdo, near Genoa, mentioned my grandmother's maiden name to some townspeople, one of whom said, "Oh, maybe that's Luigi. He's usually having coffee down at the trattoria about now." Turns out that Luigi was my grandmother's grandnephew, and he had a cache of photos she'd been sending to the old country since the 1920s. This was one of them. Last year, Luigi's son and daughter-in-law visited us on their honeymoon trip to the States. Shot was taken in Calpella, California. Special guest star: our 1956 Rambler. Scanned from a digital copy of a Kodacolor print. View full size.