Vintage landscape: Ambleside

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Ambleside, stepping stones, Lake District, England,” ca. 1890 – ca. 1900, a photochrom print by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Addendum: Below, two more views of the same type of stream crossing. . .

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“Abbey stepping stones, . . . Bolton Abbey, England,” ca. 1890 – ca. 1900, photochrom prints by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The three images are from the Library’s photochrom collection “Views of the British Isles.”

Vintage landscape: Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis house, c. 1901, via Library of Congress“Gate to the Hamilton residence. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi,” c. 1901, Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.*

The beach town of Bay St. Louis is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the Bay of Saint Louis.

"Harry's villa, Bay St. Louis,"  between 1901 and 1906, Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.“Harry’s villa.”

The structure around the tree was known as a shoo fly.  The elevated platforms were popular along the Gulf Coast as breezy places to avoid deer flies.

"Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle's, Bay St. Louis," between 1901 and 1906, Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.“Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle’s.” (“Harry’s villa” and “Madame Boyles” seem to be the same cottage.)

There’s another version of a shoo fly here.

"Along the bay, Bay St. Louis," c. 1901, a photo chrome photomechanical print by Detroit Photographic Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.“Along the bay,”  a photochrom print.

Bay St. Louis was devasted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Almost nine years later, it has made a good comeback and is listed among Coastal Living‘s “Dream Towns in the Gulf Coast.”

You can scroll through larger versions of these photos by clicking on ‘Continue reading’ below and then on any of the thumbnails in the gallery.


*All photos here were taken in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, c. 1901, by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Vintage landscape: take water, add children

Before air conditioning, water was the best remedy for hot summer weather.

The children in the photos just above and below were enjoying a public fountain in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1912.

The fountain is the Peace Monument on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

Below are children in a public pool in Washington, D.C., also in 1912.

All of the above four photos were taken by Harris & Ewing.

The three photos below of bathers in Rock Creek Park were taken by the National Photo Company between 1920 and 1932.

The photo label for the above picture is “Women and children find some relief by wading in the creek on one of the hottest days in the history of the Capital. Snapped in Rock Creek Park today.”

The highest temperature recorded for Washington, D.C., was 106°F, in 1918 and 1930. The city just missed matching the old record yesterday, only reaching 105°F.

Below are children playing in an “old swimming hole” in the Washington, D.C., area. The photo was taken by Theodor Horydczak between 1920 and 1950.

The photo below shows a group of proper young ladies at the free public baths, Harriet Island, St. Paul, Minnesota.  It was taken by the Detroit Publishing Co. around 1905.

How hard to be so dressed up at the lake!

Below are children playing with a rope at a beach, possibly at Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The photo was taken between 1890 and 1910 by the Detroit Publishing Co.

The lure of water in a fountain during hot weather is universal. Below are children in Japan or Korea in 1908. The photo was taken by Arnold Genthe.

All images via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.