Life in gardens: the nap

Woman taking nap in D.C. Botanical Garden, 1942, Library of Congress“Washington, D.C. Government employee taking a nap on a bench in the [U.S. Botanic] Garden,” September 1942, by John Ferrell, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

4 thoughts on “Life in gardens: the nap

  1. A scene you could see today. It could elicit some snarky comment too — i.e., federal employee hard at work… I like the shoes…. they seem very 1940’s

  2. Sarah, Linda, and Amy, Thanks for your comments! — which I’m very late in answering, as I spent most of September in the hospital for foot surgery, I’m afraid. I’ve read that Washington, D.C., was packed to the gills with new arrivals doing war work in the early 1940s, with people practically sleeping in shifts in boarding houses. This picture may be an example of the general exhaustion everyone felt and how they might grab any opportunity for a nap. The Botanic Garden, among the cannas, must have been a choice spot.

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