The Sunday porch: Orange, Texas

Orange, Texas, May 1943, by John Vachon, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Orange, located on the Sabine River, is a deep-water port to the Gulf of Mexico. (It is also the easternmost city in Texas.) A U.S. naval station opened there during WWII, providing a significant boost to the local economy.

The Sunday porch: Martha’s Vineyard

Writer Dorothy West on her porch in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, ca. 1981, by Judith Sedwick, via Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America on flickr (both photos here).

West’s writing desk. Click to enlarge.

In 1978, West had been a participant in the Black Women Oral History Project. In 1981, photographer Judith Sedwick made portraits of a number of the interviewees, including West.

West had lived in her family’s former vacation home at Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, since 1947 and wrote articles and stories for the The Vineyard Gazette.