Children with puppies, Oxford, Ohio, ca. early 20th c., by Frank R. Snyder, via Miami University Libraries on flickr (both photos).
The Maypole Dance was a common rite of spring at colleges from the late nineteenth century through the 1950s. Historian David Glassberg argues that the celebration was created (or resurrected) by turn-of-the-century progressives who bemoaned America’s lack of wholesome traditions. They believed that Puritanism had severed this country’s ties to the culture of Elizabethan England—a belief supported by a reading of Hawthorne’s short story, “The May-Pole of Merrymount.”
Here in the Swabian part of Germany, many towns and villages will be celebrating the first of May like this.
. . . I care less and less
about the shapes of shapes because forms
change and nothing is more durable than feeling.
Is her slight Mona Lisa smile about her nice outfit or the photographer? (Click on the image for a larger view.)
Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.
— Bo Derek
“Sitting on the Porch,” a postcard from ca. 1900, location and photographer unknown, via Miami University Libraries Commons on flickr.
(Click on the photo for a better look.)
The Bowden Postcard Collection of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, holds over 480,000 postcards from nearly everywhere in the early 20th century world.
This image is not very seasonal, I must admit. Here in Stuttgart, we woke up this morning to a light covering of snow.
Children picking up our bones
Will never know that these were once
As quick as foxes on the hill. . .
And least will guess that with our bones
We left much more, left what still is
The look of things, left what we felt
At what we saw. . . .