The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#67) - "Mareley and Tillman Drug Co." 1890

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 isn't the greatest quality photograph, but I liked the subject matter and the inscription on the back. It depicts a group of several men, and a couple of boys, standing in what looks to be a late 1800s storefront. 


The photograph was taken and printed by the Covell Photo Co. at 448 35th Street, near Dearborn, in Chicago.

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Here is the inscription on the back:


It appears to be dated as 1890 and reads:

J.T. Mareley
Mareley and Tillman Drug Co
Grandfather Mareley to Harry T. Mareley + ???? Mareley

Other possibilities for the name could be: Moreley, Moresly, Marley, Mareley, etc. The writing is a little difficult to decipher. 

I did some very quick searching for the photographer and the names, both on and Nothing obvious came up after about a 15 minute search.

That doesn't mean that it is not there! It just means that it will have to wait until I find some spare time to dig a little deeper (or one of you comes up with something).

Here is a copy of the photo with some of the contrast adjusted.

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And here are some closeups (also with contrast adjusted) in hopes of revealing some clues.

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The question for this week's photo is simple:

  • What can you tell me about this photography?

I want to know everything you can find! Feel free to post a comment below or email me with your findings or speculations:

I would love to hear from you!


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