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 photo came from a curated lot of photographs from eBay. The theme of the group was “Men Working” and this gentleman caught my attention.
Hunched, paint brush in hand, this older man casts his own shadow on the side of the building, presumably his house, that he has been tasked with painting. He stares, intently, directly into the camera, held by someone who has presumably known him for a very long time.
What at first looks like a stubby cigarette dangling from his lips upon closer inspection appears to be a scratch or piece of dust. One could easily imagine him a smoker though, and a heavy one at that. His leathered and sun soaked skin conveys a sense of having worked hard, very hard at times, during his many decades of life. His sweater, buttoned neatly, is in tatters from the elbow through his wrist. This is his work wear and he wears it proudly.
Or, something like that. I obviously haven’t a clue who this man is or what his story might be. It is fun to think about though! What do you think? I would love to hear what you come up with.
Who is this man and what is his story?
What year was the photograph taken?
What was the work ethic like in your family history?
What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you look at this man?
Featured Tag: Men
A Samaritan Holy Man likely from the 1950s stands next to a religious scroll. Who is this man wand what is his story?
Here are six similarly aged and dressed men wearing Derby or Bowler type hats and dark overcoats. Who are they and what are their stories?
A gorgeous 1895 cabinet card photograph showing a group of gentlemen gathered in from to “The Owen House” in 1895. Who are these men? Can you help me find and tell their stories?
The knot in this gentleman’s necktie is almost as large as his hat! I was struck by both when I found this antique photograph on eBay. Can you help me find and tell his story?
Here is a lovely cabinet card photograph from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The back says “Mr. Gustav A Gust to ? L. Rentschler”. Can you help me find and tell the stories of these men?
Handsomely dressed in a suite, tie, and tweed overcoat turned up at the collar, Themistocles sports a well coiffed head of dark Grecian hair and a toothbrush mustache. Can you help me find his story?
Here is a beautiful cabinet card photograph showing the store of “Albert Wiedman, Manufacturer of Fine Confectionery”. That is probably Albert standing with his wife and son. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
Hunched, paint brush in hand, this older man casts his own shadow on the side of the building he is painting. Who is he and what is his story?
A moustache like this just needs to be shared! Check out these vintage photographs of mustachioed and bearded men!
A mature man well into his 80s sports white hair and a thin, wispy, beard. His leathery hands carry a cane as he sits in a carved wooden chair. Who is he and what is his story?