Old cheese

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 08, 2010

New Yorker Clare Burson has in her possession a 117-year-old piece of cheese that belonged to her great grandfather.

The cheese was a going-away present for Burson's paternal great-grandfather Charles Wainman (nee Yehezkel), upon his emigration from Lithuania, around 1893, to Johannesburg. For reasons lost to history, he never ate the cheese but kept it in a trunk that travelled with him while he worked as a trader among the Zulus, and then when he fought, on the Dutch side, in the Boer Wars.