Vintage landscape: the homesteaders’ garden

Vintage landscape/enclos*ure: family in garden via UW CommonsHomesteaders seated outside in garden surrounding house, probably [in] Washington State,” ca. 1905, by Albert Henry Barnes, via University of Washington Commons on flickr.

This photo was taken by the same photographer as Monday’s picture of repeating haycocks in an apple orchard.

There may be a little porch underneath the vines*, but it’s hard to tell. There is one fairly large window at the end of the house.   In order for settlers to acquire a homestead, “[t]he law stipulated that a domicile suitable for permanent residence of at least 10 by 12 feet with a minimum of one window must occupy the property,” according to the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest.


*It looks like English ivy, which is now terribly invasive in the state of Washington.

A Kodachrome heirloom

Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

This photo of a homesteader’s garden in Pie Town, New Mexico, September 1940, was taken by Russell Lee, a photographer of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. It was part of a 2006 Library of Congress exhibition of early color images taken between 1939 and 1943, “Bound for Glory: America in Color.” Thanks to links by Studio G and The Denver Post.

Click this link to see a larger version or to buy a print.  Click here to see another view of the same homesteader’s garden.