Vintage landscape: wildflowers

While the hand-colored images are the stars of the recently released collection of lantern slides taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston, among the new material are these lovely black and white photographs of wildflowers. Johnston used these pictures to illustrate her popular lecture, “Wild Flower Gardening.”

The slide at the top is “Unidentified house, woodland pathway, 1920.” All the portraits of flowers below were taken between 1915 and 1927.

Wood anemone. (All labels by the Library of Congress; click any photo to enlarge it.)


Bell flower (campanula).

Woodland mushrooms.

Wildflowers in bloom.

Bell flower (campanula).

Lupin (lupinus).

Unidentified garden or park, woodland daffodils, 1920 (also the photo below).

All photos are from the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in April

I’m afraid this will have to count for my Bloom Day post this month — it’s pouring outside.  To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, go to May Dreams Gardens, here.

6 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: wildflowers

  1. This post reminds me that while flowers have not changed all that much, photography certainly has. It was once very difficult to take a single shot, and the care and effort to produce one of those photos was 100X what we can do today with our digital wonders. Thanks!

  2. I love the character of these old lantern slides: the occasional scratches of the emulsion, the interesting edges. It makes you look at the photograph as much as what’s being depicted. Very cool. Happy Bloomday 1915-1927!

    1. They are really beautiful, particularly if you go to the LoC collection (click the link in the last paragraph above) and see them there. I actually cropped off some of the edges to fit more of the image into my space.

  3. Thanks for posting these lantern slides, today and yesterday. Simply lovely. We have glass slides and projector at our church, and once in a while bring it out, but there are not many gardening shots, of course. If you have more, share them! Thanks.

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