Bedford, New York

A corner of the Whitman Garden, Bedford, New York, between 1914 and 1949, a hand-colored glass lantern slide by an unknown photographer,* via Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America Collection, Smithsonian Institution (used here by permission).

There are four more images of this garden here. It was designed by landscape architect Robert Ludlow, Jr.

The Archives holds over 60,000 photos and records documenting 6,300 historic and contemporary American gardens.  At its core are almost 3,000 hand-colored glass lantern and 35mm slides donated by the Garden Club of America, which is the source of this image.

(Click on the picture to enlarge it.)


*The slide manufacturer was Edward Van Altena.

A curious scene

“Women and a child in a garden,” Tarn-et-Garonne, France, between 1880 and 1910, by Eugène Trutat, via Bibliothèque de Toulouse Commons on flickr.

Is the lady with the garden hose threatening the little girl with a shower if she doesn’t sit still for the photographer? An empty threat, almost certainly, since water would ruin those hats. (The young woman in the center does seem to be shrinking back a bit though.)