The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#21)

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 we have a fun one. While there were no markings on it, it came from a collection of other photos that were mostly labelled as 1920 and 1921. They were all pasted on black paper and appeared to be from a photo album at some point.

Here we have two young women, presumably on a farm, standing on their hands in front of a towering pile of straw.

There is a playfulness to it that is sometimes hard to find in pictures of this era. These women are having a good time and they wanted to document it. It is the type of goofy picture that you might find in your Facebook feed today!


  • How did your ancestors express their playfulness in photos?
  • What motivated these women to take such a picture?
  • Who were the funniest people in your family tree?
  • Several years after this photo was likely take was the Great Depression. How did lives of these women change?
  • What is the funnies photo you have come across when researching your own family history?

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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