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.
This week's photograph is of a young boy sitting barefoot on the porch wearing a helmet of some sort. I obtained the photo from a random lot of vintage photos off of eBay.
The text says "Kaiser Geo." and gives a date of 1921. A last name appears to be included but I can't make it out. Can you?
What I like about this photo is the playful notation. This boy is clearly not a German Emperor. But, he is wearing a helmet in the style of the German "Pickelhaube" spiked helmet during the 1800s and early 1900s (see below).
- Who is this boy and what is his story?
- There appears to be a woman standing, back turned, partially visible, inside the door. Is this his mother?
- Who is taking the picture?
- What did this boy know about World War I which presumably ended only a few years, before this photo was taken?
- How do wars and social factors influence the play and imagination of young children at different points in history?
- What are some of your favorite "costumed" photos you have of your ancestors?
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 email@example.com for more information.
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