Vintage landscape: marriage counseling

Photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston used slides of various prints and illustrations in her popular Garden and House lectures  — which she gave from 1915 to 1930.

She took the ones below from the February 1875 issue of Fruit Recorder and Cottage Gardener.  They are now part of the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

wife 1The successful lady gardener dresses in modest clothes with sensible hat and apron and stays home to care for her flowers.

wife 2While the unsuccessful one dresses in low-cut bodice and frilly hat, threatens her flowers and chickens with an umbrella, and then goes out on the town.

husband 1A good husband carries and then holds the pots — he’s a keeper.

husband 2 Oh, dump him.

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