The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#45)

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 one came from a large lot of Kodachrome photograph slides. Most of them were labeled "Colorado, 1956". 

Colorado Street in 1956

I posted this photo on The Psychogenealogist Facebook Page and within a few hours an astute observer commented with the following photo. 

Harris Block building.jpg

Here is what he had to say about his research process:

I looked at the front of the buildings to see if I could make out any specific identifiers. I zeroed in on the "Harris Block" that I noted at the top of the middle building. I searched Google under "Harris Block Building Colorado" and segmented my Google search into images. Looked for similarities in any of the Harris Block buildings that came up and bam.. Found a match.. ;) Figured if nothing else some local historical organization might have some info out there online.

And there you go! With a keen eye and Google the sky is the limit. I love these yesterday and today photo comparison. For another one like it check out The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#36).

Finally, here is another GORGEOUS street shot from the same set of Kodachrome photo slides in 1956. I just love the store fronts and signs, especially the restaurant.

"Ye Olde Fashioned Eating House" - Colorado, 1956

"Ye Olde Fashioned Eating House" - Colorado, 1956



  • What is the oldest street scene photograph you have right now?
  • Use a google image or map search to see if you can find the same scene from today. What did you come up with?
  • Imagine yourself strolling this street in 1956. What would you think, feel, and wonder about as you do?
  • Who in your family might have walked this very street?

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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