Vintage landscape: perspective

Belmont, Falmouth, Virginia, late 1920s.

All photos by Frances Benjamin Johnston via the Carnegie Survey of the South, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Click the pictures to enlarge.

Wormoloe Plantation, Savannah, Georgia, 1939 or 1944.

York Hall, Yorktown, Virginia, ca. 1930s.

Wakefield, Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1931.

Redesdale, Richmond, Virginia, 1926 or 27.

Sherrill Inn, Hickory Nut Gap, North Carolina, 1938.

Gardiner Booth, Alexandria, Virginia, 1930s.

Reveille House, Richmond, Virginia, 1936.

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4 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: perspective

  1. Thanks for reminding us of the long gardening tradition in the U.S. Do you know if historical overviews (books) are available? Perhaps the Smithsonian has collected these images for publication? Posts like this are a gift and a reminder of our past.

    1. The Library of Congress has an online shop here — http://www.loc.gov/shop/index.php?action=cMain.showHome. It sells some books and reproductions. You can also go to their digital image catalog here — http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ — and search by subject. It’s a bit tedious, since the first thing that comes up are little thumbnails.

      I’ve been going through the Carnegie Survey of the South collection, putting together posts for the next 3 weeks when I’ll be traveling, so if you enjoy these old garden/architecture pictures, please stay tuned.

  2. Thank you for posting those wonderful images. All very inspirational. I’ve recently been looking at some of Warren Manning’s projects photographed by Paul Weber and Arthur Eldridge –who were such talents — capturing the spirit of his landscapes in the rich tonal ranges of silver gelatin prints, etc. The digitized catalogue of LOC/Carnegie Survey of the South is a fantastic medium for education.

    1. I have just been entranced by the Carnegie collection; I’ll have several more posts from it in the next few weeks. I’ve been concentrating on pictures with garden design interest, but the vernacular architecture Johnston captured is amazing.

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