Pic of the Week (#126) - Ford Driving Kodachrome Stranger

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 shirtless fella is enjoying a summer day at the lake. He is standing in front some type of Ford, presumably his pride and joy.

I don’t know who he is but he shows up repeatedly in a group of discarded Kodachrome photo slides that I came across.


Here he is again, shirt on, with a fuller view of what appears to be the same car. I am not a car guy but it looks to be some sort of 1950s Ford Wagon. The hood ornament and name plate on the front provide some good clues if any of you are interested in making a definitive identification of the car.


And here is the same man, smiling, in a winter scene.


And in the fall, perhaps with his spouse?


Another, possibly with the same woman, looking a little less jovial.


This time with eyes closed and a different woman. Note the “U.S.” lapel pins and the military uniform.

Looks like he might be on vacation in this one, somewhere in a cabin, reading a National Geographic.


I am not sure why I get drawn to the imagined stories of particular strangers that I discover in discarded photographs and slides. But something about the images of this man made me interested in his life.

It seems almost certain that I will never know the reality, but it is still fun to wonder about.

What do you think? Who is this man and what is his story? I would love to hear what you come up with.

In the meantime, check out some of my other Kodachrome related posts.

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