Newport Presbyterian Church, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, 1939, by the Piaget-van Ravenswaay Survey, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The church was built in 1854. In the 1930s, Alexander and Paul Piaget and Charles von Ravenswaay made photographic surveys of early Missouri historic sites. In 1984, their work was donated to the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection of the Library of Congress.
Last week, we were in London, and, walking around Whitehall, I discovered the 18th century Blewcoat School building and this beautiful botanical display.
I thought I would share it for today’s “In a vase. . .,” since I haven’t been able to buy flowers, and nothing is blooming in the yard (although I think I will see primroses along the fence by next week).
The building now houses a fancy bridal shop, Ian Stewart.
Why the use of onions, I’m not sure — they do seem to be cooking onions and not ornamental Alliums. There may be a connection to unity and wholeness (round, concentric layers). One website said onions were once given as marriage presents during the Middle Ages.
Proofreader Sophie Baldwin and another woman at work in her office decorated with many potted plants and vines, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1901, a stereograph by Thomas R. Lewis, via New York Public Library Digital Collections.
There is a larger version here, and you can zoom in on the details.