The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#96) - John Chrisville Putting On Shoes Outside Temple

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 a neat photo of a young military man putting on his shoes.


I found it in a bin of random photographs at a local antique store. There is some writing on the back.


It reads:

My buddy, who owns camera, putting on shoes after coming out of temple

John Chrisville - New York

The “80” written on the back I believe is just to identify the seller of the image who was renting space at the store.

Thats all I know! What else can you tell me? Here are some questions to consider.


  • Who is this man and what is his story?

  • I am guessing this to be World War II. Where do you think he is?

  • Is John the man in the picture?

  • What branch of the service is he?

  • What records can be obtained from genealogy sources?

  • What kind of temple is he leaving?

  • Is there any family of his alive today who might be interested in having this photo sent to them?

  • What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you look at the photo?

I would love to hear what you come up with!