Banquet tablescape

“Table set in preparation for a banquet at Queens Hotel, Townsville,” Queensland, ca. 1885, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland on flickr.

Click on the image to enlarge it.  Or, even better, you can click on ‘via’ above and then on that image to zoom around all the details. (I love all the various ways the napkins are folded.)

Or, if you would like to see some creative current table arrangements made by other garden bloggers, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a vase on Monday.”

The celebration

Probably near Lexington, Virginia, date unknown, by Michael Miley Studiovia Library of Virginia Commons on flickr (both photos).

I think this was a 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and the couple were posing with their eleven children.

Michael Miley was a popular commercial photographer in Lexington, Virginia, who patented a color process in 1902 and may have produced the first color photographic print in the U.S. He died in 1918, so these photos must have been taken by his son Henry or another younger associate.

The same family with spouses and grandchildren. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

The Library of Virginia recently discovered 58 previously unidentified images by the Studio and hopes that someone will be able to help it identify some of the subjects in the pictures.