Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston

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Frances Benjamin Johnston was one of the first professional American women photographers and a leader in the house and garden movement that emerged with new wealth at the turn of the 20th century. In the 1940s Johnston deeded to the Library of Congress her collection of 1100 hand-colored lantern slides produced for lectures on garden design and planting that she delivered across America in the 1920s to gardening Americans living in the East, West, North and South.
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Overview

Frances Benjamin Johnston was one of the first professional American women photographers and a leader in the house and garden movement that emerged with new wealth at the turn of the 20th century. In the 1940s Johnston deeded to the Library of Congress her collection of 1100 hand-colored lantern slides produced for lectures on garden design and planting that she delivered across America in the 1920s to gardening Americans living in the East, West, North and South.
Drawing from a rare archive in the Library's collection, Gardens for a Beautiful America features 250 reproductions of hand-colored glass lantern slides, not seen for over 70 years and presents photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston front and center in the Garden Beautiful movement, as both Progressive Era advocate and artist working with garden clubs and horticultural societies to green tenement lots, parks and row house yards devastated by Gilded Age pollution and neglect.
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John Dixon Hunt
"Skillfully narrated...The research and identification of these slides by Watters, uncataloged when he first saw them five years ago, are exhaustively presented and annotated and will be a rich fund for later historians."
--John Dixon Hunt, Landscape Architecture Magazine, April 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780926494152
  • Publisher: Acanthus Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 686,415
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!!

    This is a gorgeous and informative book with tons of never before seen landscape photos of a golden era of American gardens. I was blown away by the gardens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Beautiful photos! Great background information too!

    Acanthus Press does it again with historic photos and pertinent background information, telling new generations about photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, a pioneering female photographer who documented our design history!

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