Pic of the Week (#140) - An 1893 Children's Group Photograph

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.

On a recent trip to Denver, Colorado I visited several antique stores to look for old photographs. I picked up this one, though I have no idea where it was taken. The only notation on the back says “1893” written in pencil. I assume someone wrote this in reference to the year, and it seems accurate.


I was intrigued by the contrast of all the tiny faces (I am guessing at least 100 of them) and the towering brick building behind them.

I made a second, higher resolution scan of the photo and broke it up into several sections to better see the details.

And then there is this lonely fella, with pocketed hands, on the far right.

There is not much to go on her in terms of identifying the location. In the slim chance that anyone recognizes the building please let us know!

In the meantime here are some questions to think about.


  • Who are these children and what are their stories?

  • Is this a school? An orphanage? A hospital?

  • When are where do you think the photo was taken?

  • What do you notice about the adults in the photo?

  • What about the boy on the far right, what is his story in particular?

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