Vintage landscape: open-air school

Open-air school in London, Library of Congress“Children in chairs on lawn during afternoon rest, London County Open-air School.”

Open-air school, London, Library of Congress“Class on lawn, children in chairs, London Open-air School.”

Open-air schools in Europe and the U.S. were  part of an effort in the first half of the 20th century to combat the rise of tuberculosis.  The first — a waldeschule or forest school — was built near Berlin, Germany, in 1904.

An open-air school was created in England in 1907 by the London County Council. This may be the school pictured here.  A second London school was organized in 1908. By 1937, there were 96 open-air schools in Great Britain.

Photos and captions by Bain News Service via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (no dates provided).

ADDENDUM: More on open-air schools here, on the blog Messy Nessy Chic.

Plant supports

I just wanted to show off the plant supports that a local craftsperson recently made for the garden from my “design.”   They’re cut and bent from lightweight rebar, and he gave me two sizes — about 30″ and 5′.

Two plant supports in foreground, back to back.
Two plant supports in foreground, back to back.

I can tie plants directly on to them, or I can slip bamboo poles through the loops to make a supporting grid.  They’re much easier to push into the ground than bamboo or wooden poles, and they should last pretty much forever.

Plant supports and bamboo grid -- with my sorry looking tomatoes.
Plant supports and bamboo grid — with my sorry-looking tomatoes.

Painted reddish-brown (more brown than they look in the photos), they’re unobtrusive in the flower beds.  But I think they would also be fun in really bright colors.

plant supports 3

Vintage landscape: snowy city street

snowy city street, ca. 1900-1910, possibly Detroit, Michigan“What sorcery within a night has made a city street into a fairy glade?” Possibly Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1900-1910.

Photo and caption by Detroit Publishing Co. via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything . . .

Billy Collins, from “Snow Day