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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE ARTIST'S GARDEN BY CLAUDE MONET

Tidily Trimmed: 1901

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Tidily Trimmed: 1901

Mississippi circa 1901. "Gate to the Hamilton residence, Bay St. Louis." Mrs. Hamilton, perhaps, showing off her neatly sculpted entryway. View full size.

 

Porch curtains

Love the curtains - the latest craze in "outdoor rooms." And here we thought it was a new trend.

No treadmill for me today

With all the good cardio I'm getting today reading Dave's answers to some of the comments today. Can't tell you how hard I'm laughing. My wife thought I was watching Seinfeld reruns. I think the hedge looks like the hairdo of Nancy of the old comic strips.

Re: How can they have palm trees in the East?

Ever wonder how some people make it through the day without their heads imploding?

Neatly manicured in front

... that bush is, but a little raggedy around the crotch.

On the Gulf

Given the waterfront location, her big bush was no doubt crawling with crabs at night.

Bush distraction

So much distraction with the bush I hardly noticed the dark circles under her eyes, hope it is only a 5 o'clock bush shadow. Now onto that porch with the fantastic curtains. Wow. What a kid magnet that would have been for me.

How can they have palm trees in the East?

Hmmm?

[Back then, Mississippi was in the South. Hmmm? - Dave]

[P.S. That's a cycad. Hmmm? - Dave]

"Her neatly sculpted entryway"

Man, I am not even touching that one. So to speak.

What's in her hand?

Is it possible to see what she's got in her hand. It looks like a candy bar.

[Exactly. Probably one of those old-fashioned Butterfingers that unfold into a fan. - Dave]

Like Mama always said

Nothing increases curb appeal like a neatly trimmed bush!

D'oh

Perhaps Mrs. Hamilton was expecting a visit by Marge Simpson?

Barbed wire

That was to keep horses away from the picket fence.

Maybe

someone knew big screen tv was coming.

Hideous

I see that bad taste is not a new phenomenon.

Entryway

She must have had some VERY tall gentleman callers.

Shrubbery Trim

This trim job was in anticipation of a resurgence of the stovepipe hat craze.

New do?

Looks like Mrs. Hamilton is showing off a giant afro!

Obviously...

...Mr Hamilton was eleven feet tall.

I'm Guessing

That her other hat is really, really, big.

Barbed Wire

That is an interesting fence arrangement. It looks like they might have kept grazing animals in the enclosure to keep the grass trimmed. As a lifelong hater of power lawn mowers, I think it's a pretty cool set up.

Nice 'Fro

(someone had to be first)

When I Googled that

it wasn't the picture that came back.

Shelled

Note the oyster shells in the lower right corner. They served as cheap aggregate to "pave" dirt streets along the coast.

 
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