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?
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.
Just your typical 1920s or 30s photograph of a toddler next to a squirrel munching on some bread. Written on the back is: "Marian and a squirrel". Oh, that and Spanky McFarland from “Our Gang”.
Here's a delightful, smile inducing, Kodachrome photo slide of a toddler enjoying a 1950s summer. Take a look!
Dolores Urkowski is my 2nd cousin once removed. Tragically, she witnessed the murder of her 20 year old nursemaid, Jennie Zablocki, in 1933. This is what I know of the story.
My first cousin twice removed, Edward Pawlowski (1905-1907), died on Valentine's Day in 1907. He was one year, four months, and nine days old. This is his story.
A Colorado Christmas, 1956 - Liza, Ethel, Jon, Anne, Elmer, and Helen