“Flower bed (blomsterrabatt) with gladiolus at Trädgårdsföreningen, The Garden Society of Gothenburg, founded in 1842,” Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, 1944, a color slide by Fredrik Bruno, via Swedish National Heritage Board Commons on flickr.
The glads offer no solution:
you mustn’t count the days—
livid, tattered, or beautiful.
— Gottfried Benn, from “Gladioli“
Both photos are via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Wolcott had been charged with photographing the recovery of the western cattle industry. The Quarter Circle U ranch in Birney, Montana, like many others in the region, had begun entertaining dudes in the 1920s to augment ranch income, and so she photographed that side of the modern ranch business as well as cattle raising. The ranch scattered its grounds with covered wagon love seats designed for trysting young couples, many of whom purchased western wear as part of their Montana adventure.
— Mary Murphy, from “Romancing the West: Photographs by Marion Post Wolcott”
The photo, dated August 1948, is via the Galt Museum & Archives Commons on flickr.
I’m trying to figure out what plant is coming up in the narrow L-shaped — or does it go around to form a square with the sidewalk — bed behind him. Sunflowers?
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in July 1942. Two raised corridors crossed it and connected Department of War buildings. Photo by Marjory Collins, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Along the sides of the water, under the trees, government workers were eating lunch on the grass.
These men took advantage of the additional shade cast by the structures.
The walkways were removed in 1947. The last of the buildings came down in 1970.