The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#113) - Postcard From Dale to Miss Hazel Osborn of Prospect, Ohio (1907)

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 early 1900s postcard shows a contemplative, maybe even sullen, dancer wearing a striking red and black tutu and shoes. At the bottom is written:

"How are you getting along

All O.K. I suppose. Dale”


It was sent, presumably from “Dale”, to a “Miss Hazel Osborn” of Prospect, Ohio. It is postmarked April 8, 1907 from Acosta, Ohio.


Here are some questions to consider as you think about this postcard.


  • Who is Hazel Osborn and what is her story?

  • How are Hazel and Dale related?

  • What were the cities of Prospect and Acosta, Ohio like in 1907?

  • What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you look at this postcard?

  • Who is the woman on the front of the card meant to depict?

  • Are there any living relatives of Dale or Hazel who might be interested in this postcard? Can you help me find them?

I would love to hear your thoughts about these questions or other ideas that occur to you about the photo. Please feel to leave a comment below!

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