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 adorable baby photo from Worcester, Massachusetts.
This cabinet card is from the Claflin photography studio at 405 Main Street in Worcester.
The inscription on the back appears to read:
Jennie Frances Ward
To Asa W. Ward and Family
At least that is what it looks like to me. What do you think?
I didn’t find any obvious mentions of the Claflin photography study in a quick newspapers.com search. But, I would guess this photo was taken sometime between 1890 and 1900. A cursory ancestry.com search showed many possible Ward families that could be explore. Asa is a much more popular name than I would have guessed.
Are you up for a challenge? Can you help me identify this child and her family?
Here are some questions I encourage you to think about.
Who was Jennie Frances Ward and what is her story?
Who was Asa W. Ward and what is his story?
How are Jennie and Asa related?
Who wrote the inscription and when was it sent.
What did turn of the century Worcester, MA look and feel like?
Are there any relatives of Jennie or Asa alive today who might like to have this photograph?
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: Photographer
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