Life in gardens: wildflowers

5 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum LibraryChildren costumed as flowers or insects for an event of the Wild Flower Preservation Society, Illinois Chapter, probably in a Chicago park, ca. 1920, hand-colored glass lantern slides by an unknown photographer, via The Field Museum Library Commons on flickr (all images here).

6 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

The Wild Flower Preservation Society of America was founded in 1902 with money given to the New York Botanical Garden by Olivia E. and Caroline Phelps Stokes.  The funds were to be used for the protection of native plants.

1 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

The Society dissolved in 1933, but much of its work was taken up by the Garden Club of America and by another Wild Flower Preservation Society, founded in 1925 in Washington, D.C. (which seems no longer to exist).

2 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

3 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

4 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

7 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

12 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum LibraryAbove and below: Mayapples.9 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library

10 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum LibraryAbove: a bee.

13 Child:ren in wildflower costumes, Chicago, ca. 1920, The Field Museum Library
Click here to see several more of the slides.

2 thoughts on “Life in gardens: wildflowers

  1. What an absolute delight! Can’t decide which I like best. They would make great Halloween costumes for creative and independent kids who don’t need to look like anyone else.

    1. They would. I also love the bits of public garden that you can see in the background. One of the picture, which isn’t here, has water in the background, so I think it’s at the edge of Lake Michigan.

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