Elephant ears

Caladium. Back of store.” Probably Friars Point, Mississippi, ca. 1920, by Milton McFarland Painter Sr., via Mississippi Department of Archives and History Commons on flickr (cropped slightly by me).

Milton McFarland Painter Sr. was a self-taught photographer from Coahoma County, Mississippi. He took at least 1,073 photos of his community and his vacation travels from about 1912 to the 1920s.

Life in gardens: violets

Child with violets cropped, ca. 1900, Mississippi Dept of Archives and HistoryMary Heldon, between 1900 and 1920, Friars Point, Mississippi, by Milton McFarland Painter, Sr., via Mississippi Department of Archives and History.* Mary was also pictured in this garden photo by Painter.

I had not thought of violets late,
The wild, shy kind that spring beneath your feet
In wistful April days. . .

— Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, from “Sonnet


*Photo cropped slightly by me.