The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#38)

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.

The photo this week came from another random lot off of eBay. I have no information beyond what you can see in the photo. There are no markings anywhere on the front or back that would help identify this couple or even the location where the photo was taken. It does appear to be a professional photograph taken in a studio perhaps. There is a country scene backdrop.  

Presumably this is a husband and wife. My guess is that they are in their mid 70s. The photo appears to from the early 1900s. 

Their poses are serious and dignified. He seems as resolute as she does stern. Having persevered through hard times, they now reflect in their twilight years. There is a hint of worry and regret in her eyes. But, her shoulders and jaw are strong. She is not to be crossed nor does she suffer fools gladly. His stare is piercing. He accepts his waning strength in old age, but his eyes warn you not to take him for a chump.  

The condition of the photograph itself mirrors the spirit conveyed by the couple. It is sturdy, but marred. There is a tear in the bottom left corner. It is water stained. Though the damage is evident, the image itself is surprisingly crisp and clear. This couple, and this photograph, have weathered a great deal. 


  • Who is this couple?
  • What do you think, wonder, and feel as you look at their faces?
  • What year do you think the photo was taken in? How old is the man and woman?
  • I've made up a story about them. What do you think their story is?

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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