Enclosed porch, location unknown, ca. 1900 – ca. 1920s, by Bain News Service, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Nice. . . chintz, wicker, books, and potted geraniums — and I love that swing. There are striped awnings outside over the windows.
. . . You’re bunkered in your
Aerie, I’m perched in mine. . .
We’re content, but fall short of the Divine.
Still, it’s embarrassing, this happiness—
Who’s satisfied simply with what’s good for us
When has the ordinary ever been news?
— Rita Dove, from “Cozy Apologia“
“Man and woman eating at table on front porch of row house,” Washington, D.C., 1924, by National Photo Company, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
I suspect that this photo was taken to illustrate an advertisement for the maker of that tub of cottage cheese on the table. (I can’t make out the name of the dairy company.)
You can click on the picture to enlarge it — then you can see that the couple are drinking their milk from wine glasses.
The location could have been in any of several northwest D.C. neighborhoods — so popular in the city was the Wardman-style of rowhouse by the 1920s.
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“India House. A yard filled with diversions, ca. 1880s,” Nantucket, Massachusetts, via Nantucket Historical Association Commons on flickr.
Detail. These two families were very well equipped to enjoy their summer vacation.
You can click on either photo to enlarge it. I particularly like the striped skirts on the two older girls.
“Agriculture Department Dahlia Show,” probably Washington, D.C., 1911, by Harris & Ewing, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.
— William Allen White
“Two women with bicycle,” Hoquiam, Washington, photographer unknown, via University of Washington Libraries Commons on flickr.
Modern and stylish, ca. 1900. That’s an interesting device for keeping the kettle warm.
Young women of that time must have been pretty desperate to get out on their own — to bicycle in corsets, puffy high-necked blouses, and large hats.
Beautiful, thick vines on the porch behind them. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it.)
. . .Tell, tell your griefs ; attentive will I stay,
Tho’ time is precious, and I want some tea.
— Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, from “Thursday; the Bassette- Table“