“The Veranda, The Hotel at Beverly Hills, California,” ca. 1889 – ca. 1931, a postcard by the Detroit Publishing Company, via New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Cleaning should probably be in quotation marks. I think their mom was in the house having some quiet time.
The girls’ father, Charles Lee, emigrated from England to Mountain Park, Alberta, in 1919. There, he worked for the coal mine as a delivery person, steam engineer, and watchman. He also became a photographer and created postcards of Mountain Park. The mine closed in 1950, and the Lee family moved on. Mountain Park is now a ghost town.
“Firemen aboard truck,” Tampa, Florida, October 1919, via Florida Memory Commons on flickr (State Library and Archives of Florida).
It’s not about the firetruck — snazzy as it is — but that trellis mounted over the front porch behind it. Was it simply ornamental, or did the vines help keep the porch and house cooler?
“Backyard of a brick house in the suburbs with picnic table and barbecue,” location unknown, 1959, by Marion S. Trikosko, via U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The Library’s online catalogue notes say that the building dates from 1780 and that this is the place “where Peggy was killed by lightning.”