The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#48)

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

Here is a postcard from 1910. On the front it says "What do you know about that! When you have fallen asleep while the tide went out." It strikes me as more odd than humorous. But, the colors are vibrant and this card caught my eye at the local antique store near my home.

"What do you know about that!" - 1910

The card was sent from Rockford, Illinois and was addressed to a Sarah Early in Dunbar, Ohio. 

It reads:

Hello Grandma,
Thought I would send you my photo. I just had it taken. It looks like me down at the River. I suppose you second the motion. Ha, Ha.
Good By, From Son (Sam?)

Reading the "Ha, Ha" made me think of "lol" that we see so often in modern day text messaging. What do you suppose a person from 1910 would think about the concept of an "emoji"?

Do you want to test some of your genealogical detective skills?  

I invite you to try to answer some of these questions:

  • Who sent the card?
  • Who was Sarah Early?
  • Is it Sam or Son? If son, why did he call her grandma?
  • Why is the write making fun of himself?
  • What does the from of the card really mean?
  • What ever happened to the writer and the receiver?

Post in the comments below or send me an email and I will include them in a future blog updating this one.

Here are a few places you could start!

Have fun!

Do you have an old photograph or a genealogical story that you would like to share? I am happy to consider guest submissions for possible Pic of the Week or other blog posts in the future. Send an email to for more information.

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