“Female demonstrator offering a flower to a military police officer,” West Potomac Park or Pentagon grounds, Arlington, Virginia, October 21, 1967, by S.Sgt. Albert R. Simpson, via U.S. National Archives Commons on flickr.
Flower Power originated in Berkeley, California, as a symbolic action of protest against the Vietnam War. In his November 1965 essay titled “How to Make a March/Spectacle,” [Allen] Ginsberg advocated that protesters should be provided with “masses of flowers” to hand out to policemen, press, politicians and spectators. . . .
In October 1967, [Abbie] Hoffman and Jerry Rubin helped organize the March on the Pentagon using Flower Power concepts to create a theatrical spectacle. The idea included a call for marchers to attempt to levitate the Pentagon. When the marchers faced off against more than 2,500 Army National Guard troops forming a human barricade in front of the Pentagon, demonstrators held flowers and some placed flowers in the soldier’s rifle barrels.
Photographs of flower-wielding protesters at the Pentagon March became seminal images of the 1960s anti-war protests.
— Wikipedia, “Flower Power“
“Momijigari,” (maple leaf gathering), ca. 1880s, by Taiso Yoshitoshi, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
“King Ise’s Mound,” a prehistoric burial mound from the Bronze Age, Laholm, Halland County, Sweden, August 1924, by Berit Wallenberg, via Swedish National Heritage Board.
Berit Wallenberg was a Swedish archaeologist, art historian, and amateur photographer.
“Dog cemetery, Hartsdale,” New York, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, by Bain News Service, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery is the oldest operating pet cemetery in the world and the only one listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to its website. It was founded in 1896, in the apple orchard of a New York City veterinarian.
Today, it holds the graves of over 80,000 animals, including the pets of Diana Ross, Irene Castle, and Mariah Carey.
A garden in Loch Earn, Scotland, ca. 1864, by D. T. K. Drummond, via National Galleries of Scotland Commons on flickr.