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.
When I look through boxes of old photographs at estate sales, antique stores, or bookshops, I never know what I am going to find. In fact, I am usually not even sure what I am looking for.
But, I know when I find it!
That was the case with this darling photograph of a toddler, smoking a pipe, mowing the lawn.
I found this one in the dusty stack and boxes at John K. King Used and Rare Books. If you haven't been, you really ought to plan a trip to this Detroit Institution. Boasting over a million books in stock, it is a huge four story warehouse filled with treasures.
Here I am walking into the store with my kids on our most recent trek there. My wife and I love it. This was the kids' first visit and we heard words like "weird" and "creepy". So, though potentially overwhelming for kids, it is a must see for any adult who has even a passing interest in books.
In addition to books they have posters, artwork, maps, ephemera, photographs and more. I was struck by the subject of this photo as well as it's size. The mat it was on was about an 8 X 10.
I am guessing it was taken around 1900 or a little before. It seems like the kind of photo that was probably framed and hanging in someone's home or cottage for decades. There is a quirkiness and humor to it that I also like.
There were no markings anywhere on the back of the photography that would help me identify it's origin. That's okay though. Probably best to just enjoy this one and not think to hard about it.
Check out some of my other kid themed posts here at The Psychogenealogist.
A family photograph of a father and his son’s from 1920s Greeley, Colorado. Was their photographer, Howard Riley, hiding a secret?
Colorized by Okkama Colorizations at The Psychogenealogist (2019). Catherine M. Rooney, 6th grade teacher in Washington D.C., gives a lesson on War Ration Book Two in 1943.
A beautiful cabinet card photograph from 1893 showing a group of children. Who are they and what are their stories?
Is this boy at a Burlington Railway (Ontario, Canada) station in 1919 or 1920? Can you help me find and tell his story?
I was delighted to find this very unique cabinet card photograph of two smiling children holding hands. Who are they? Can you help me find their stories?
Here is another series of vintage 1956 Kodachrome photo slide images. The notes on this particular set says: “Dec ‘56 - Jon’s 5th Birthday Party - Skokie C.C.”
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.
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
Here is a delightfully charming 1950s scene of kids playing in in the kitchen and pretending to wash dishes with VEL soap.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#30) - Kaiser George, 1921.
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