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.
The successful lady gardener dresses in modest clothes with sensible hat and apron and stays home to care for her flowers.
While 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.
A good husband carries and then holds the pots — he’s a keeper.
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what? Such cute illustrations but crazy! But at least I now know the secrets to successful seeds coming up 🙂 Love these, Cindy – fun!
They are funny. I wonder how Frances B. Johnston used them in her lectures.
Really enjoyed these!
Stay home and take care of those seeds!!