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 an adorable photograph of what appears to be an infant boy. He is dressed in a hand knit sweater and appears to be sitting in a dining area with some photos propped on a shelf or cabinet behind him. I purchased the photograph from a local antique store for one dollar.
On the back of this postcard photo is some text that appeared to be German, as it matched other known German photos that I had gotten from the some booth.
I posted the back for this photo to the Genealogy Translations Facebook page. I received a very quick reply telling me what the original German was along with an English translation.
The note says:
Weihnachten 1928 (Christmas 1928)
Hans Joachim Röda
I’ve not done any research on this photo. If I did, here are some of the questions I would consider:
Who was Hans Joachim Röda?
Where was this photo taken? Who took it? And how did it end up in an antique store outside of Detroit?
What is Hans’s story?
What was Christmas like in 1928 Germany?
Are any of Hans’s relatives alive today? If so, how could I find them?
Here are two cute 1950s kids, presumably siblings. According to the note on the back they are Janis and Steven on Janis’s 5th birthday, May 1, 1955. Can you help me find their stories?
This #foundphoto is interesting to me more for what is on the back than what is on the front. This probably early 1950s photograph has a bright red lipstick imprint on the back.
A German boy celebrates with chocolate and paints. Is it his birthday? Christmas? Can you help me find and tell his story?
“Grandma Alice (Howe) Jenkins and Great Uncle Tommy Howe”. Can you help me find their stories?
Well, we’ve done it! Two years straight! This is the 104th installment of The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week series. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. Here’s a beauty with links to all the other.
This is Bernice Smith of Springfield, Missouri. She’s the daughter of Elmer and Lizzie Smith; sister of Thelma. I found her photo. Can you help me find her story?
Illinois boy, Charles Shauk, wears a unique outfit. Can you help me tell his story?
A boy, Hans Joachim Röda, and his Christmas (Germany, 1928).
Here is a very unique late 1880s cabinet card photograph of two young children, presumably of Asian descent. Can you help me find their story?
A photograph of a toddler, smoking a pipe, mowing the lawn. The photo was obtained from John K. King Used & Rare Books in Detroit, MI.