Postcard of family in the garden, ca. 1905, via pellethepoet on flickr (under CC license). Pelle’s notes say it was purchased from an eBay seller in Tramore, Waterford, Ireland.
The low-hanging hammock on the left swayed right at the moment the shutter clicked. There are actually two women in the hammock, and there’s a strange blur behind it in the center — probably a child running past. The girl on the grass has tumbled (out of the hammock?), and her legs are up. On the left, the blond girl on the bench has noticed and looks about to laugh.
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Unidentified porch, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire, ca. late 19th c., photographer unknown, via Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views, The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
The Isle of Shoals are a group of small islands off the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire. They may be best known as the home of writer and gardener Celia Thaxter. She hosted an informal artists colony at her father’s hotel on Appledore Island during the summers of the 1870s. Her guests included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and artist Childe Hassam, who illustrated her book, An Island Garden.
. . . . I but crave
The sad, caressing murmur of the wave
That breaks in tender music on the shore.
— Celia Thaxter, from “Land-Locked“
A corner of the Whitman Garden, Bedford, New York, between 1914 and 1949, a hand-colored glass lantern slide by an unknown photographer,* via Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America Collection, Smithsonian Institution (used here by permission).
There are four more images of this garden here. It was designed by landscape architect Robert Ludlow, Jr.
The Archives holds over 60,000 photos and records documenting 6,300 historic and contemporary American gardens. At its core are almost 3,000 hand-colored glass lantern and 35mm slides donated by the Garden Club of America, which is the source of this image.
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*The slide manufacturer was Edward Van Altena.
The artist Eppo Doeve painting the Martineau children at “Old Lodge in Terlow (Buckinghamshire),” Great Britain, July 1954, by Willem van de Poll, via Nationaal Archief (Netherlands).
I have not been able to find out anything about these siblings or the home. I cannot find an Old Lodge in Terlow, Buckinghamshire, or indeed a Terlow anywhere in Great Britain. The Martineau family is quite important in Birmingham (an ancestor of the Duchess of Cambridge was a Martineau), but apparently not in Buckinghamshire. Perhaps the photographer made some mistake in his notes.
The son on the right seems to have three golf balls between his fingers. A young amateur champion?
“Two children on a seesaw,” Balmoral area, Victoria, ca. 1925, from The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, via Museums Victoria Collections (under CC license).
This is a small circus. I love the bench in the back bending under the weight of the plants.
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