Life in gardens: happy

Smiling woman and baby, 1900, Powerhouse Museum“Portrait of woman with infant,” ca. 1900, probably near Sydney, Australia, via Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum Commons on  flickr.

You don’t usually see such smiles in Victorian photos.

In the picture below, you can see a little more of the garden and admire the woman’s beautiful sleeves and collar.

Woman in garden, Sydney Aus., 1900, Powerhouse Museum

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Vintage landscape: Gore Park

Gore Park Fountain, 1920, Hamilton Public LibraryGore Park fountain, 1920, Hamilton, Ontario.  Both photos via Hamilton Public Library Commons on flickr, used by permission.

Gore Park Fountain, 1960s, Hamilton Public LibraryGore Park fountain, 1960s.

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Life in gardens: animal court

Jane Addams Housing fountain, via LoC“Sculpture and children in fountains – Jane Addams Houses,” between 1938 and 1940, Chicago, Illinois, by Peter Sekaer for the U.S. Housing Authority, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The Jane Addams Homes public housing project was built in 1938 under the New Deal Public Works Administration Act. The “Animal Court” figures were carved from limestone by Edgar Miller.

The sculptures still exist, although the buildings around them were razed in the early 2000s.  As of September 2013, they were in storage awaiting restoration and a new home.  They may eventually return to a place near their old location, as part of a National Public Housing Museum.

There are more photos here, at the blog Playscapes.

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Vintage landscape: lucky ducks

pavilion for ducks, ca. 1900, via Powerhouse Museum“Garden pavilion over a duck [and geese] pond,” ca. 1900, probably New South Wales, Australia, via Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum Commons on flickr.

I would love to see the rest of the property.

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The Sunday porch: up for the winter

Winter prep, Kansas porch, J. Vachon, LoCMayetta, Kansas, November 1940, by John Vachon, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Winter prep 2, Kansas porch, J. Vachon, LoCVery pretty woodwork.

I’m wondering if the old boxspring was put to a new use and, if so, for what?

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