The Sunday porch: Natchez, Mississippi

commerce-st-natchez-ms-ca-1900-stewart-bros-mississippi-dept-of-archives-flickrHomes on North Commerce Street, Natchez, Mississippi, ca. 1900, by Robert Livingston or William Percy Stewart, via Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The Stewart brothers were local amateur photographers. A search on Google Maps shows that these houses still stand, but without the elaborately turned post columns of the house on the right.

The Sunday porch: Halloween

Halloween back porch, HABS, Library of Congress
Front porch of a farmhouse ready for Halloween, near Elderon, Wisconsin, 1994, by John N. Vogel for an Historic American Building Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The HABS noted the house’s “prominent front porch with Tuscan columns and hipped roof” and called it “a good example of the Gabled Ell form” of Wisconsin vernacular architecture. There are wider views here.

The Sunday porch: Iowa view

Dubuque Iowa, J. Vachon, Library of CongressView from front porch of house on the bluff, Dubuque, Iowa, April 1940, by John Vachon, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Dubuque is located along the Mississippi River, at the junction of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. It is Iowa’s oldest city and one of the few with hills.

At the time of the photo, mill working was an important industry in Dubuque. Vachon, on assignment in Iowa for the U.S. Farm Security Administration, wrote home, “This is the biggest sash mill and door center in the U.S. Little things fly around and get in your eye all day. Lots of smoke too.”

He may have taken this photo on April 18, when he wrote again, “Today was a good day. I walked miles and climbed awfully steep hills and got terribly tired.”