The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#76) - Mr. Bert Doyle of Somewhere, Michigan

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 another probably late 1800s cabinet photograph that I picked up at a used book store. This well dressed man was a unique image to me. I hadn't seen images like this with someone carrying what appears to be either a suitcase or some sort of work bag.


The only marking was a stamped name and location on the back. 

Bert Doyle Michigan

The name was easy enough to read as "Mr. Bert Doyle". I enlarged and highlighted the stamp to decipher the rest.

Mr. Bert Doyle of Somewhere, Michigan

Mr. Bert Doyle of Somewhere, Michigan

I am fairly confident that the second half of the location says "Mich" for Michigan. The city seems impossible to read. Even under a light and magnifying glass I couldn't make it out. If I was forced to make a guess I would say possibly "Bay City" but I wouldn't bet much money on that.

It has been a long week so I am going to leave the rest to you. Here are some questions I invite you to think about. Please feel free to share your answers - I would love to hear what you find.


  • Who was Mr. Bert Doyle?
  • Where was he from and where did he live?
  • What was his profession? Is he carrying a doctors bag?
  • If they are just suitcases, why would someone pose for a photography carrying them?
  • If they are suitcases, where is he going? Where has he been?
  • There was some pretty severe mold or mildew markings on the photo. Can that be cleaned? What is the best way to do that?
  • What do you think, wonder, and feel as you look at Mr. Bert Doyle?
  • What is his story?
  • Does Bert have any living family that might appreciate this photo being sent to them?


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