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Quiet Corner: 1933

Quiet Corner: 1933

1933. Albemarle County, Virginia. "Johnston's Mill house." 8x10 inch safety negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Not bad

Johnston was a genius.

Corner time!

Am I the only one who was reminded of the usual outcome of my childhood adventures with that chair placed strategically in a quiet corner of the house?

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Johnston's Mill, on the National Register of Historic Places, is also known as Cocke's Mill and Coles' Mill. Built ca. 1820.

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Thank God for Frances Benjamin Johnston - I could study this photograph for hours. I'm intrigued by the busily-patterned linoleum which falls short of covering the floor (is it a runner?). It is interesting that the boxed-in stairwell clad in beaded board is painted to match the walls while other woodwork is painted in a contrasting enamel. What is in the closet beneath the landing? Handprints around the catch tell us the door has been opened with at least some frequency. The paneled door has been re-hung; a telltale hole remains from a rim lock which was positioned on what is now the hinged side of the door. The grainy texture of the door does not match that of the moulded casing surrounding it. Where was this door originally? I want to know!


Beaded-board used for walls yet it's 10 inches wide. The width of the floorboards too give one an idea what sort of lumber builders had on hand. We can only read about what timber was to be had when the house was built.

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A truly minimalist composition that nevertheless has a lot of charm to it and is well worth seeing.

Great Photograph!

That's all.

In Appreciation of Simplicity

After three hours of trying to complete a complex computer task, I put it all on hold with a headache and clicked my Favorites list for Shorpy. While I find our present day technology a rewarding challenge, how wonderful it must have been to have this simple private place with just a good book.

I wonder what is conveniently stashed inside the cupboard door to make it an even more relaxing place.

How beautiful

All those interesting lines, and then your eye comes to rest on that little chair.


It's easy to envision this as painted by Edward Hopper.


This is just a terrific photograph. At first the arrangement and geometry grab you, but then the little details: the nail in the wall, the curtain rod, the worn linoleum, etc. just knock you out. WTG, Frances.

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