I just like this life-in-the-garden photo by Russell Lee, * of a (May) 1942 Turlock, California, backyard. (Unfortunately, it’s not very sharply focused.) The caption, possibly by the photographer, reads:
Housewife waters the lawn. All garden furniture and barbecue pit were made by her husband; about one out of every three houses in this town has such an arrangement in the backyard, and during the summer months people eat and spend many hours in their yards.
I particularly like the rolling sofa thing with the awning. Turlock is located in central California between Modesto and Merced.
Lee was working for the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information at the time. He seems to have been sent to Turlock to photograph townfolks being resilient in the face of changes brought on by the war. He took a number of photographs of this family, described in the Library of Congress online catalogue as from the “upper middle income group.”
The package around the loaf of bread says, “Better Bread.” Over the hedge, the neighbors seem to be putting in a greenhouse.
It’s quite impressive — and particularly that she works it in a dress. Here’s another view, below:
I like her dotted swiss curtains.
I’m going to take a break from blogging for a few weeks (except for “The Sunday porch”), but I’ll be back for GB Bloom Day in October.
* All photos here via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.