Florence, Italy


Pergola covered in wisteria and ivy in a garden of Villa Palmieri, Florence, ca. 1915, from the Arthur Peck Collection, via Oregon State University (OSU) Special Collections & Archives Commons on flickr.

The 14th century Villa Palmieri is credited with being the story-telling setting for Boccaccio’s Decameron.

To see this garden, its handsome ordering, the plants, and the fountain with rivulets issuing from it, was so pleasing to each lady and the three young men that all began to affirm that, if Paradise could be made on earth, they couldn’t conceive a form other than that of this garden that might be given it.

However, the garden was completely restructured in 1697 and then partially redesigned several times thereafter, according to current fashions, through to the 1920s.

Since 1986, the villa has been owned by the Italian government and houses part of the European University Institute.

Arthur Peck was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Oregon Agricultural College from 1908 to 1948. During his long career, he created a teaching library of 24 boxes of glass lantern slides — now in OSU’s archives.

Odense, Denmark


“Dining Room of Christian Kold School,” near Odense, Denmark, ca. 1915, an instructional hand-colored lantern slides, via OSU Special Collections & Archives (Oregon State University) Commons on flickr.

I like the repetition of white squares and the somewhat wilted cornflowers (?) across the room. The slide was used during university lectures, possibly about alternative educational methods, including the Danish folk high school movement.

Perhaps the outstanding feature of the Folk High [S]chools is the sociability which is developed. Dining quarters are provided for all students and in the dining room the faculty and students always eat together. . . .

— Image caption from the lecture booklet