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’s photograph is of an adorable young girl dressed in what looks like a unique winter outfit. The photographer is “McMillan” located at 420 South Street in Springfield, Missouri.
The note on the back looks more modern than the image itself, written in bright blue ink. It reads:
“Bernice Smith, daughter of Elmer + Lizzie Smith Sprifield, MO. Sister of Thelma”
I just love the girl’s face. Her eyes are quite stunning too. I have not researched this person at all, but there are a lot of clues that would make it a fun mystery to research, if you are so inclined. Here are some questions for you to consider as you think about Bernice and her life.
Who is Bernice Smith and what is her story?
What sort of outfit is she wearing?
What are some of the genealogy challenges when researching people with very common last names (e.g., Smith)?
What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you look at Bernice’s photograph?
What year do you think this photo was taken?
What about Elmer, Lizzie, and Thelma - what are their stories?
Is there anyone alive today who might be able to tell us more about this photo or appreciate having this photo in their personal collection?
How did the photo end up in the bin that I found it in at a local antique store?
I would love to know what you discover! Please send me an email or post a comment below!
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.