Life in gardens: July 1942

Washington, D.C., in July 1942, by Marjory Collins, via Library of CongressA hot Sunday in Washington, D.C., before air-conditioning.

All three photos of Ellipse Park by Marjory Collins, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Washington, D.C., in July 1942, by Marjory Collins, via Library of Congress

The mean daytime temperature that month was 86° — the high was 98°; the low was 78°. The daily high for humidity ranged from 76% to 100%.

Washington, D.C., in July 1942, by Marjory Collins, via Library of Congress

In the dog days of summer . . .

The wind lifts up my life
And sets it some distance from where it was.

Meena Alexander, from “Dog Days of Summer

4 thoughts on “Life in gardens: July 1942

  1. CANNOT imagine DC before a/c. A marshy type of place, the worst summer combo.

    Pics say it all.

    Perfect choice of poetry.

    Living on a farm, for only a few weeks, and for the first time in my life, the awareness of how every living thing, insect/mammal/reptile, seems to know I am a human and worthy of trying to kill. Or at the minimum, bite, sting, irritate.

    Loving every layer of this new life.

    XOT

    1. Of course, now D.C. is a place where in the summer you have to always carry a sweater because everyone has the AC on too cold.

      Laughing about your bugs, etc. Since leaving Rwanda, I now enjoy not always having one or more bug/spider-induced swollen joints or bumps or welts (often on my forehead).

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