The Sunday porch: Kentucky

Prosperous farmer 1, Kentucky, Library of CongressFarmhouse porch with plants in painted lard buckets, Morehead, Kentucky, 1940, by Marion Post Wolcott for U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

I wish we could see the colors of the painted* containers.

Prosperous farmer 2, Kentucky, Library of Congress
Two special supports were built along the front of the porch to display the plants. (There’s a third view of the house here.)


*Here, here, and here are examples of 1930s interior paint color combinations.

2 thoughts on “The Sunday porch: Kentucky

  1. I hadn’t thought about the wind, but I think they may have stayed in place by sheer weight — if the pails are filled with damp garden dirt, as I suspect, rather than the compost or soil-less mixes that we use these days.

    You are right about the hard work of a farm. There is not a bit of ornamental gardening in the ground in the three pictures of the house, so I imagine that the rows of pots were what the farmer or his wife could manage.

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