Look Back: Historical New York City Gardens

May 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

I am supposedly part of the generation of “digital natives”, but  even I remember a time where the internet wasn’t so vast.   The mere possibilities that come with having  accessible information still  kind of blow my mind, just think about all the things you could know . So today we peek into the library of congress  photo archive  for pictures of  historical New York City Gardens.

Title: Backyard gardens in New York City Other Title: Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48 Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. View east to common garden Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1920 fall] Call Number: LOT 12637-4 [item] [P&P]

Title: Backyard gardens in New York City
Other Title: Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48 Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. View east to common garden
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1920 fall]
Call Number: LOT 12637-4 [item] [P&P]

Title: [The Touchstone Garden, New York, New York. Sculpture exhibition] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1919 summer] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X104- 48 [P&P]

Title: [The Touchstone Garden, New York, New York. Sculpture exhibition]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1919 summer]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X104- 48 [P&P]

Title: ["Jones Wood" townhouses, East 65th and East 66th Streets between Lexington and Third Avenues, New York, New York. View from garden to St. Vincent Ferrer church] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1921] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 72 [P&P]

Title: [“Jones Wood” townhouses, East 65th and East 66th Streets between Lexington and Third Avenues, New York, New York. View from garden to St. Vincent Ferrer church]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1921]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 72 [P&P]

itle: [Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan house, Turtle Bay Gardens, 228 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Garden] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 32 [P&P]

itle: [Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan house, Turtle Bay Gardens, 228 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Garden]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 32 [P&P]

Title: [Gramercy Park, between East 20th and East 21st Streets east of Park Avenue, New York, New York. Fountain] Related Names:     Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952 , lecturer Date Created/Published: [ca. 1922] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, sepia toned ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 78 [P&P]

Title: [Gramercy Park, between East 20th and East 21st Streets east of Park Avenue, New York, New York. Fountain]
Related Names:
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952 , lecturer
Date Created/Published: [ca. 1922]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, sepia toned ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 78 [P&P]

Title: [Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48th Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Pergola in common garden] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 17 [P&P]

Title: [Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48th Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Pergola in common garden]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 17 [P&P]

 I also found this gem of a poster created by the federal government encouraging Americans to be patriotic and plant a Victory Garden, helping reduce  the possibility of a food shortage by creating  a local food supply. Which, to be honest, is still pretty sound advice even outside of wartime!

Title: Grow it yourself Plan a farm garden now. Creator(s): Bayer, Herbert, 1900-, artist Related Names:     United States. Rural Electrification Administration , sponsor Date Created/Published: NYC : NYC WPA War Services, [between 1941 and 1943] Call Number: POS - WPA - NY .B39, no. 1 (C size) [P&P]

Title: Grow it yourself Plan a farm garden now.
Creator(s): Bayer, Herbert, 1900-, artist
Related Names:
United States. Rural Electrification Administration , sponsor
Date Created/Published: NYC : NYC WPA War Services, [between 1941 and 1943]
Call Number: POS – WPA – NY .B39, no. 1 (C size) [P&P]

National Park Sign Font

April 8, 2012 Comments Off on National Park Sign Font

A little bit of a sneak peak of tomorrow’s post for all  you typophiles out there. I visited  Shenandoah National Park and one of my favorite things when I visit is the font they use(d) on the signs! The National Park Service actually has  official fonts, currently NPS  Rawlinson and Frutiger, however this is a much older style font used in the early days of the park, I believe  circa 1930’s.

Shenandoah national park | skyline drive | north entrance in warren county virginia

Historic Botanical Lithographs

April 5, 2012 Comments Off on Historic Botanical Lithographs

For a long time I was turned off of botanical lithographs.  I was seeing them sold  everywhere, and the mass production really wasn’t all that inspiring. I didn’t want to hang something in my house that was also being hung in a grocery store bathroom.However, on my recent trip to Seattle, as we waded through some antique shops  I found 3 delicately drawn lithographs from the 1800’s, and all of the sudden I was in love. They were so simple, and the colors so muted. Even though these too were massed produced through botanical books, mass produced 200 years ago had quite a different meaning.   I had a  conversation with myself about how there are better things to spend $200 on(is there really?) and walked away empty handed.  I have regretted not buying them and have since  been lusting after pictures on the internet  constantly stalking ebay for the perfect print.

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Using Library of Congress for Historical Garden Inspiration

March 30, 2012 Comments Off on Using Library of Congress for Historical Garden Inspiration

The Library of Congress is the cornucopia for information geeks. My favorite  thing is their extensive photo library, which is in large part online. It just so happens that within that  they  have a wealth of garden photos to pull inspiration from going into the weekend. If you hold your mouse over the photo, it will give you the photo title, so you can search the LOC website for more information. Have a great weekend!

1.  Historic American Buildings Survey Frank O. Branzetti, Photographer June 20, 1940 (a) EXT. - VIEW OF GARDEN, LOOKING NORTHEAST - Austin D. Kilham Place, 8 Thorndike Street, Beverly, Essex County, MA

Seventy-one years, or, My life with photography. Indoor French garden, Duke Gardens Foundation, Jan. 29, 1967

Bartram's Garden, America's oldest botanical garden in west Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Garden of the Grinnan Villa in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana

["Gray Gardens," Robert Carmer Hill house, Lily Pond Lane, East Hampton, N.Y. Northeast gate to garden]

Garden statue at Shadows-on-the-Teche, a historic house and garden, New Iberia, Louisiana

Williamsburg, Virginia. Garden with yellow tulips II, against print shop

14.  Historic American Buildings Survey Alex Bush, Photographer, August 5, 1935 VIEW IN NEW GARDEN, TOWARD EAST - General Joseph Wheeler House (Later House), State Highway 20, Wheeler, Lawrence County, AL

15.  Historic American Buildings Survey Alex Bush, Photographer, August 5, 1935 VIEW IN NEW GARDEN, TOWARD NORTH WEST - General Joseph Wheeler House (Later House), State Highway 20, Wheeler, Lawrence County, AL

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