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.

Tree-shadow, Missouri

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.