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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Summer Idyll: 1899

Summer Idyll: 1899

Waseca, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Chautauqua grounds -- cottages at Maplewood." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Still going on!

I attended the festival in 2012--the buildings from this time are mostly gone, but the grounds are still on the SE corner of Clear Lake just north of the public boat docks right across from Kiesler's campground. It still has a lot of the old flavor--here's a link.

http://discoverwaseca.com/visitors/events/chautauqua/

Waseca is also the home of the descendants of the E.F. Johnson company, which made things like CB radios and a very early cell phone. Now it's Itron (remote meter reading) and Cinch Connectivity. Edgar's home still stands on the SW corner of Clear Lake, and is a private residence.

Bentwood willow rocker

I find the bentwood rocker in the center of the photo quite interesting. I have a photo of the exact same rocker at an old resort in California. The photo is not dated but probably early 1900's. The rocker was in the ladies parlor of the Gilroy Hot Springs Hotel, Gilroy, CA. There are other pieces of furniture from the same company scattered around the parlor room. Web searches have not turned up any manufacturer for this style of furniture. Anybody familiar with this furniture?

Netting

Mosquito netting brings back memories of living in logging camps and such when living in the tropics 40+ years ago.

Southwestern Light

Judging by the moss (and leaves) on the trees, and position of sun, we are looking south. Our subjects are in late-post-lunch afternoon stupor. Thoughts have not yet turned to the evening meal. A bucolic time was had by all as they engage in "activities" of the then-popular Chautauqua movement.

Maude's Vines

Morning Glories, Perennials - that's what we need, we said! A decade later, they've spread hundreds of feet, covered outdoor furniture, and invaded buildings. Still attractive, but a constant battle to control them.

Somebody should check on Maude

She's been sitting in that chair so long the vines are growing over her.

 
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