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.
Old photographs of babies and children, like this one, are some of my most popular blog posts. That, and tragic deaths. Most popular of all seems to be the tragic deaths of babies or children.
As far as I know, there is nothing tragic about the child in this photograph.
At first glance (especially at the face and hair) it looks like a young boy, likely under two. To our modern sense of fashion the outfit seems like a girl’s dress. I think it is quite possible, however, that it is the type of christening gown worn by both boys and girls of the time period, and even today by tradition.
What do you think?
The note on the bottom and back shows:
Garns and Co., Photographers
206 Federal St.
The first mention of “Garns and Co.” I found shows that the studio had a grand opening on February 21, 1889.
It operated at the same address at least until 1912 as indicated by this newspaper advertisement.
Here are some questions I encourage you to think about.
Who is this child and what is his or her story?
Do you have ancestors from Camden, New Jersey?
Who was Garns, the photographer, and what is his story?
What do yo think, feel, and wonder about as you look at this photo and the details of the photographer?
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!
Featured Tag: Children
“Grandma Alice (Howe) Jenkins and Great Uncle Tommy Howe”. Can you help me find their stories?
This appears to be Jennie Frances Ward of Worcester, Massachusetts around 1890. The photo was sent to Asa W. Ward and Family. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
Garns and Co. Photographers of Camden, New Jersey opened its doors in February of 1889. This cute child may have been one of the first customers.
This is the story of Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923), my 1st cousin 2x removed.
Documenting the lives of children who died is an important role of a family historian. My great aunt Anna Pawlowski (1918-1918) tragically lost her life to pneumonia after only 20 days. This is 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).
How I decided to hire expert genealogy help to research my Greek roots: The story of my 2nd great uncle, Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895).
Tragically, Anthony Karatzis (Karr) was struck and killed by an automobile before his 5th birthday. This is his story.
Pneumonia was one of the leading causes of U.S. deaths in the early 1900s. It took the life of my 2nd great aunt, Francisczka “Frances” Grzeskowiak (1886-1905). This is her story.
There is little, if anything, more tragic in life than the death of a child. This is the story Michael Karr (1954-1964) and his life that was cut tragically short in 1964.
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”.
George and Laverne Rhoads Vallance (1899-1962) had four stillborn babies (one set of twins) between 1922 and 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. These were their only children. Here are their stories.
Franciszka Pawlowska (1913-1915) was the 5th of 10 children by my great grandparents, Adam Pawlowski (1879-1959) and Marianna Grzeskowiak Pawlowski (1879-1941). She died of diphtheria in 1915. This is his story.