The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#117) - Postcard (1915) "Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds." San Diego, CA

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 postcard from 1915 depicts the Arts and Crafts Building at the Panama California Exposition in San Diego.


It was sent on July 21, 1915 from “Mell and Lizzie” to a Mrs. Henry Kerr of Davenport-Center, New York.


It appears to read:

We are in San Diego for a few days. We are having a fine time. We are enjoying every minute. Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds. Hope you are feeling better.

Mell + Lizzie

July 21 - 1915

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


  • Who are Mell and Lizzie and what are their stories?

  • Who is Mrs. Henry Kerr and what is her story?

  • What is the relationship between the senders and the recipient?

  • Why were Mell and Lizzie in California?

  • What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you see and read this postcard?

  • What was life like in 1915 San Diego?

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

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