From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — More “Trees”

Art Young‘s unusual bookplate series (part of which was shown in this earlier post) seem particularly appropriate to feature with Halloween coming.

 

Antioch bookplate design "Against the Moon"

“Against the Moon”

Antioch bookplate design "Cathedral" (F-723)

“Cathedral” (later F-723)

Antioch bookplate design "Goodbye Summer"

“Goodbye Summer”

Antioch bookplate design "The Horseman"

“The Horseman”

Antioch bookplate design "Miss Hawthorne Entertains"

“Miss Hawthorne Entertains’

Antioch Bookplate design "Penalty of Prominence"

“Penalty of Prominence”

Antioch bookplate design "Pyramids"

“Pyramids”

Antioch bookplate "Stubborn Cypress"

“Stubborn Cypress”

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Happy Anniversary Little Art!

Congratulations to the Little Art Theatre for one year in its new configuration.

Little Art in the early 1960s with hand-drawn posters. Photograph courtesy of Antiochiana.

Little Art in the early 1960s with hand-drawn posters. Photograph courtesy of Antiochiana.

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History Show and Tell Program October 5

At our programs frequently someone will mention an item they have in connection with the historical topic being discussed. Now we want to make sure these stories don’t get lost, so we are hosting a Yellow Springs History Show and Tell.

We will be sharing items from both the Historical Society’s holdings and personal collections. We encourage people to come and share their own connections to the history of the Yellow Springs area, We invite them to bring an object, an item of clothing, a photo, correspondence, or genealogical research, to name but a few possibilities.

We cannot do assessments of value. However it is possible those who share will find out a little more than was previously known, and will be adding a piece of story to the mosaic of Yellow Springs history.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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A View of Life in Yellow Springs — Mary Peabody Mann

The name “Mann” in Yellow Springs is certainly most closely associated with Horace, but his wife Mary Peabody Mann was impressive in her own right. One of a trio intellectually accomplished sisters (Megan Marshall’s book The Peabody Sisters is an excellent resource), Mary was an author in addition to guiding student life in the hurly-burly of the new Antioch College.

MaryMannThe Robert L. Straker Collection of Mann and Peabody letters in the Antiochiana archives is a wonderful source of glimpses of Mary’s life in Yellow Springs, as the following excerpts will show:

“Whooping cough is better with us. We have had the advantage of you in fine air & sunny weather, but young Horace’s eyes have not yet recovered from the gunpowder injury. I have been unusually occupied & have not had time for letter writing. My niece, Mrs. Blake, Rebecca & my nephew Calvin were all ill at once. Then Charlotte thought she would follow the fashion — & they all applied to me for advice. So I was quite busy administering small pills, large baths, & peculiar food to them all for several weeks. I was perfectly well thro’ the whole of it – indeed I believe my husband thinks I am something of a vampire, never so well pleased as when I have a victim or two laid upon their backs, on whom I can practice the healing art.”

“We had a soaking spring – weeks & weeks of almost unmitigated rain – tropical in its violence – with occasionally a bright, sunshiny day. The farmers were in despair – they could not get a chance to plant their corn. In Springfield, close by us, where it is low, the gardens were overflowed by the creeks, & horses & cows washed out of the barns. I have tried to think what occupied me so much then, and upon looking back in detail I believe a greater part of the time has been spent in drying and brushing the children’s socks, shoes & boots or washing and ironing the lower stories of my own dresses. The consequences of our rainy spring were disastrous to time as well as to garments.”

“The boys were wild with making maple sugar early in the spring – there is a fine camp directly below us. They pass much of every day in the ravine, where they bathe in the living water, & gather water cresses & cowslips from under the very springs as they gush from the rocks. These woods are more like the park of an English country seat than anything else I ever saw. There is something in the fresh society & country & these virgin woods that excites me greatly. We have such a wealth of wildflowers here, that garden flowers are almost a superfluity. We actually found trascadentias growing wild on the railroad bank today. Last year we found SIXTY VARIETIES of flowers in our ravine within half a mile of the college. Among these are many of our eastern garden flowers – phloxes of many & rich varieties, bee larkspurs, jonquils, lilies, snowdrops, blue & Yellow & white violets, blue & yellow-eyed grasses, laurustinus trees, white hawthorne now in splendid bloom, horse chestnuts (the buckeye of Ohio), sweet williams of various shades, and several flowering trees, both white and pink.”

“The house is a beautiful one – the most convenient house conceivable – we enjoy it unspeakably. The lower story is all carpeted with a green & white carpet, the figure a grapevine. The next story is carpeted with an autumnal brown, & the upper story for the boys has painted floors of a bird of paradise tint, highly varnished, & they think they are beautiful. For ventilation, warming & other conveniences, we think there is probably not so good a house this side of the Alleghenies. Thus far we have not had a blind nor a curtain, the blinds being in the painter’s hands, the curtain fixtures not arrived – neither have we fastenings on our front door or knobs on our drawers or closets till within a day or two – but then we live in Ohio, and begin to understand perfectly how Ohio people are so contented with unfinished houses. But the cistern and pump from the spring are both in operation now, and the cooking is clean – the cockroaches NOT cooked in the dried applesauce.”

“Before we moved Rosa had been looking like the concentration of 40 thunder clouds. She had been unwell, too, the fortnight before, & she always thought she was going to die, & kept in bed, & sometimes locked the door & would not open to me for a whole day at a time. I let her sulk till she was tired of it at last & then came out quite chipper & went to work again. I had learned not to care anything about her & to let her pout and have her own way. The balance of her time and services were worth her wages. But after our moving she became absolutely intolerable, so one morning when I was to have seven trustees to dinner, I borrowed a cook of a friend, and told her she might go. It was about six in the morning. At nine she was on her way to Boston.”

“I have been occupied this past week in putting fruits of various kinds into bottles for winter use – peaches, pears & grapes. The Ohio people put up fruits in this way a great deal – cut them up & boil them & put them into the bottle & seal them up while steaming, which renders them airtight. Some people put in no sugar at all, but some put in a little, & I put in a quarter of a pound to a pound of fruit. I have put up two bushes of peaches & two of grapes. It is difficult to get potatoes & almost impossible to get any other description of vegetables, but we occasionally get a few squashes of superior quality. We have much better meats here than ever in West Newton. It is generally beef, but always good, and we have at last got hold of a Quaker butter woman. We kept house a month or more without butter. What butter we could get was always rancid because people here are in such a hurry they don’t press out all the buttermilk. The buckeyes like it just as well if it’s rancid. Chickens are delivered here at nine shillings a dozen, and occasionally we have a taste of them. But the eggs which we expected to find growing on trees prove to be very scarce. I have not seen one in Yellow Springs except in a pudding and that not often.”

“The day after we moved, Mr. Knapp with wife, housekeeper, four children & two students arrived & breakfasted with us, & then proceeded to the rooms we had just vacated, which were not even yet swept. Their goods, which they expected to find here, did not arrive till today, so that they have slept upon the floor, sat upon the floor, & even written upon the floor. You will not be surprised to hear that Ohio seems to them outside the pale of civilization, especially for one feature of its life – the pigs roam like gentlemen and walk through the commons Hall when they please. It is pleasant to think what healthful pork the citizens of the West eat, for no deer lead a freer life than the live pork. I am always reminded of the first year we were here, when water stood so deep between the main college building and the dining hall that boards floated on it. One day a professor (a lady) was arrested, on her entrance to the hall, by a hog of unusual dimensions, which had made his watery bed where a doorstop should have been. She looked at it in dismay a moment, and then, being light of foot, tripped over it as if it had been a bridge.

“These Ohio people take things mighty easily. They do not exactly live out of doors as people in Cuba do, but is next to that. I do not think you ever imagined the profundity of their ignorance. One old gentleman, who was an itinerant preacher, brought two of his daughters to him, saying they were afraid to be left at home alone since the death of their mother. He said, ‘the college was as cheap a place as any other, and girls were not of much account anyway.’ The girls were as uncultured as one might expect from such a view of the subject. They conversed in the precise phraseology of Aunt Dinah in UNCLE TOM’S CABIN, which Mr. Mann know till then to be the vernacular of the West as well as of the South.”

“The boys’ amusements are going to the neighboring limekiln, climbing about these new buildings, plunging into the ravine & making rafts there, & such boyish sports. Young Horace had the remarkable facility yesterday of slight shock to me and to his father from an electrical machine he built himself. You would have smiled to see his eyes shine when he made me jump, thought it was a shock that would not have much wounded the feelings of a very small mouse. Benjie is at present bent upon fishing, for which sport I make him bags, which he suspends at the end of a stick, and with a wire hoop string hopes to catch some stray victims. I thought that a pleasanter mode for the fish than angling, taking in all chances of escape. George is absorbed today in making me a machine for winding thread and silk. He is entirely in favor of saving labor. He has described his contrivance to me several times, to ascertain if I thought a certain crank would make a certain thing turn, but as I cannot follow his plan, I cannot judge and have been obliged to let him try his experiment.”

“We hope to induce Mr. Craig to come here and settle over this village parish. It is the custom here if a minister passes through town at any time in the week to ring some church bell & have a meeting – catch him when you can is the idea. It is not the fashion here to make parties. It is not convenient in log cabins, & when people move from them into houses, they keep open doors, but rarely have reunions. It is a favorite mode of mine of doing up the business all at once & make a pleasant occasion of it, and my parties always give great satisfaction, for I do not make them formal, or give people too much to eat, so that they forget to be agreeable. There is a nice baker in town who makes very good cake, and I hope other people will follow my example & be a little bit more social. “

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Carr Nursery Catalog — Abutilons, Clematis, Ferns

(Previous entries in the series — (2345678910 11, 12, 13, 14)

Although only a few of the abutilons mentioned in this 1898 catalog are currently available, the modern gardener should have no trouble finding the Clematis and Fern varieties. (Transcript of page below image)

1898 Carr Nursery Catalog pg15ABUTILONS — CHINESE BELLFLOWER

The Abutilon, or Flowering Maple, is a plant of easy culture. It is beautiful, both in leaf and flower, and is very profuse in its bloom. The rich, pure, bright reds and yellow that have been added to the varieties of late years have placed it high among decorative plants, besides being especially valuable for its graceful pendant blooms when used for floral pieces or for the corsage.

Price, 10 cents each, except where noted.

abutilonsSouvenir de Bonne — New. One of the most valuable novelties of recent years, and totally distinct. It is a very strong grower, the leaves, a beautiful green, are regularly banded with gold, the flower stem is eight to nine inches long, the bloom is very large and bright orange-red in color. A beautiful decorative plant, being of fine tree shape. Price, 15 cents each.

Robert George.—A free and continuous bloomer. The flowers are broad, their large over-lapping petals incruved, color orange, veined with crimson.

Shower of Gold.—A beautiful, dwarf-growing variety, the whole plant being covered with a profusion of beautiful golden-yellow blossoms.

Thompsonii Plena.—New. Has perfectly double flowerse that resemble in form a double Hollyhock. Color a rich, deep orange, shded and streaked with crimson. The foliage is delightfully variegated.

Splendens.—A beautiful velvety crimson.

Scarlet Gem.—A rich, bright scarlet.

Madame Chobert.—Very dwarf grower, and the blooms literally cover the plant. Of a clear pink shade.

Snow Storm.—Pure white flowers, and bloom freely. Dwarf.

Eclipse.—This is an elegant foliage plant, and one of the prettiest we know. It is new, and the flowers, which are produced in profusion, set the plant off to good advantage.

Special Offer.—The nine new Abutilons for 75 cents.

LARGE FLOWERING CLEMATIS

clematisDuchess of Edinburg.—This is without doubt the best of the double whites. Very free flowering and very fragrant. Price, 75 cents each.

Jackmanii.—From four to six inches in diameter, intense violet-purple, with a rich, velvety appearance, and distinctly veined. The best. Price, 60 cents each.

Languinosa Candida.—Flowers are large (six to nine inches in diameter), almost pure white. One of the best. Pridce, 60 cents each.

Kermisenus Rubra.—A beautiful Clematis, is much sought after, but is very scarce. The color is a bright rosy-red, entirely distinct from any other sor. A persistent bloomer and strong grower, with large flowers. A grand variety. You should try it. Price, 75 cents each.

SPECIAL OFFER.—This set of four distinct large flowering Clematis for $2.50. This is a bargain, as the roots are large and strong. The best you have ever seen.

BEAUTIFUL AND RARE FERNS.

Price, 25 cents each, except where noted.

sword-fernNephrolepsis Exaltatum.—(Sword Fern.) A really graceful Fern, multiplying very fast in throwing out vines, on which grow separate plants again. Price, 15 cents each.

Pteris Termula, or Shaking Fern.—One of the finest Ferns for house decoration, growing very rapidly, and throwing up large, handsome fronds.

Pteris Argyrea.—(“Silver” Fern.) A very showy Fern, with variegated foilage, fronds large, light green, with a broad band of silver-white down the center of each. Very distinct.

Adiantum Formosum.—(Maiden’s Hair Fern.) Sprays of delicate green, borne on jet black stems. An elegant sort.

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — Simplicity

Although the Antioch Bookplate Company certainly didn’t invent the concept of  bookplates, it did explore perhaps a wider variety of bookplate styles than any other company in history.

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In an acquisition of antique books Dark Star Books recently found a couple of examples of Antioch College Library bookplates printed well before the founding the Antioch Bookplate Company (see above). Both are markedly simple in design, being comprised of text and a modest border.

The earliest bookplates manufactured by the Antioch Bookplate Company (see also this post) as conceived by company co-founder Walter Kahoe share this same simplicity, merely adding a printer’s ornament to the text-and-border concept.

Antioch Bookplate C-208 (early)

C-208 (early numbering)

Antioch Bookplate E-135/F-135

E-135/F-135

Antioch Bookplate E-220

E-220

Antioch Bookplate A-129

A-129

Antioch Bookplate A-107

A-107

Antioch Bookplate B-145/F-145

B-145/F-145

Antioch Bookplate B-408 (early)

B-408 (early numbering)

Antioch Bookplate B-240 (early)

B-240 (early numbering)

Antioch Bookplate A-225

A-225

Antoch Bookoplate E-105

E-105

Antioch Bookplate E-110

E-110

Antioch Bookplate E-140

E-140

The final bookplate was one of the same series, but shows a transition to more complex designs:

Antioch Bookplate B-246

B-245 (early numbering)

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The Excellent Tradition of Local Sourcing

Today’s unlabeled photograph from the Carr album could be seen as a celebration of the re-emergence of local food sourcing.

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Recreation in the Glen — Chautauqua Follow-Up

With Labor Day behind us the summer festival season is winding down. Yellow Springs has the Cyclops Festival this weekend, but a century ago as was mentioned in this previous post, one of the main cultural and entertainment events was the Chautauqua (returning to the area in 2015 in Clifton).

What follows is a redacted article by Paul M. Pearson, founder of the Swarthmore Chautauqua Association (and first civilian governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands) in a periodical of 1912 devoted to agricultural concerns called The Country Gentleman. (Among other articles like “The Revolution in Market Duck Culture” was one with the rather startling title of “Alcohol as a Labor Saver — The Boon to Country Women That Few Appreciate”.)

Pearson describes the Chautauqua experience generally and in Yellow Springs in particular.

The Chautauqua for the Country: Instruction and Wholesome Amusements Broaden the View — by Paul M. Pearson

"There is no more democratic audience than that at the Old Salem Chautuaqua, Illinois"

“There is no more democratic audience than that at the Old Salem Chautuaqua, Illinois”

That work is easier and life more joyous in rural communities is not due merely to free delivery, the telephone and improved roads. Consider what the Chautauqua movement is doing.

From its inception the Chautauqua has been a rural movement. The original Chautauqua, founded by Bishop John H. Vincent, supplemented a Methodist camp meeting—likewise an institution maintained by rural communities. Though tents are no longer used at that famous summer assembly, though Chautauqua has now become a great resort where thousands of people find recreation, yet it has thus far resisted all attempts to make it fashionable and its patrons are still recruited from farms and small towns.

Most of these summer gatherings are held in tents pitched on the schoolhouse grounds, or on a vacant lot in or within walking distance of small towns. Chautauquas flourish in towns of from 2000 to 5000 population. Only a few are to be found in towns of more than 15,000, while a large number flourish in those that have less than 1000. Two towns—Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Rockport, Missouri—are typical. In a beautiful park at the edge of Yellow Springs the big Chautauqua tent is pitched for ten days. Some fifty families rent living tents on the grounds so that they may attend all sessions of the Chautauqua. Almost every house in the neighboring village is closed, while most of the 1500 men, women and children that make up the population walk out to the Chautauqua. During a part of the afternoon and evening business is at a standstill, and many of the shopkeepers prudently lock their doors and join heir customers at the Chautauqua. The traction line from Xenia and Springfield brings carloads of farmers from along the way, though a much larger number come n buggies and automobiles. Some farmers’ families buy season tickets and attend every session, bringing basket lunches for the day, tenting for the entire season, or motoring home between the afternoon and evening programs. Some farmers have bough automobiles in order that they may attend every session, and on special days a score of farmers’ automobiles may be counted at almost any Chautauqua.

Two conditions have operated to make Chautauquas flourish in the Middle West. Most of the people are too busy or too poor to take a vacation, and when they do they are too serious-minded to spend it aimlessly. To such conditions Chautauqua has ministered. It has provided a vacation without dissipation and a small expense. Though demanding amusement, rural communities enjoy lectures. Speakers who could not draw a corporal’s guard in cities pack the Chautauqua tents in rural communities. It is a common observation among public speakers that in rural communities they get the most thoughtful audiences.

…What do the people come out to see? Why do hundreds sit through hot afternoons and hot nights and sweat and fan, but stay until the lights are put out to drive them home?

Everywhere the reply would be “the splendid program.” It may include humorists, magicians, motion pictures, bands, quartetts, orchestras, clean novelties of various kinds—in short, any wholesome entertainment, all of which attracts large crowds and contributes to the joy of living.

Attractive as are the entertainments, musical concerts and lectures offered on these programs, there is something deeper and more significant in the popularity of the Chautauqua movement: through the Chautauqua the best elements of the community have an opportunity of asserting themselves in a bigger and better way than has before been offered. Let us see how.

Chautauqua is not organized to make money. If there is a profit one year the surplus is used in bettering the program the next year. Chautauqua is educational and inspirational. It figures how cheaply the season tickets can be sold, no how much people will pay for them. A ten-day ticket is sold from $1.50 to $3, making five or six cents for each event on the program. No salaries are paid to the local committee which does the work. Religious instruction is often given and there is a religious atmosphere about the whole movement, and always the program is educational.

Chautauqua is not a church, it is n ot a school, it is not a political party, it is not an entertainment. Chautauqua cannot take the place of the church, the school or the political party. It supplements the work of all of these. It is a community clearing house for the churches, the political parties, the school and all movements for community uplift. It brings a spirit of tolerance among the workers of many groups—brings them into a spirit of cooperation. Thus waste is eliminated and unity of purpose is secured.

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Carr Nursery Catalog — Palms, Pansies, Etc.

1898 Carr Nursery Catalog page 14(Previous entries in the series — (23456789, 10 11, 12, 13)

The plants on this page (as before, transcript follows), with a few exceptions, are readily available to today’s gardener.

BEAUTIFUL PALMS

Palm illustrationNOTICE.—It may be well to state here that young Palms do not resemble the illustration given, as they do not show their character leaves until the second year, so that when you get your Palm plants and see long, narrow leaves instead of the character leaves; as shown in the illustrations, do not think that the wrong kind has been sent you.

A Great Bargain. Four Choice Palms, Our Selection, for 50 Cents.

Latania Barbonica[sic].—The well known Fan Palm. This is one of the most exquisitely graceful among Palms. Its wide-spreading, gracefully arching leaves are elegant and effective for apartment decoration. It is considered the handsomest and most valuable of all the Palms. Price, 25 cents each; fine large plants, $1.00 to $2.00 each.

Kentia Fostoriana[sic].—This is one of the finest pot plants imaginable, and the easiest to grow of any of the Palm family. Being almost hardy, it is not injured by slight changes in temperature, and its stiff, glossy leaves enable it to stand the dry, hot air of the living room without injury. The leaves are a deep, glossy-green, fan-shaped, split deeply into segments. This is, without exception, the most hardy of its class. Very graceful for table decoration. Scarcely equalled. Price, 50 cents each; strong plants, $1.00 to $2.00 each.

PANSY PLANTS.

Pansy illustrationThese Pansy Plants are unrivaled. Besides all the leading kinds of commerce, it contains plants of the Giant, Bugnot, Cassier and Trimardeau, with flowers measuring, when full grown, three inches in diameter, and such beautiful colors as gold-bronze, silver-edged, marbled, mahogany, spotted, claret-red, and many others. Our International Pansy Plants will produce for you, as they have for others, a Pansy bed which shall be the wonder of the neighborhood and the joy of the owner. Price, 5 cents each; 50 cents per dozen. Per hundred, $2.50, postpaid.

CALLA ETHIOPICA (Egyptian Lily)

Calla illustrationThis is the well-known Egyptian Lily, or Lily of the Nile, with large white flowers, broad foliage, and it will prosper under very adverse circumstances. If you want large Callas send to us, as we are headquarters for them. We have three sizes. Prices, small plants; to bloom next Winter, 10 cts. Each; strong, blooming bulbs, 25 cents each; extra strong bulbs, that will produce a dozen blooms, 50 cents each.

CALLA RICHARDIA. (Spotted Calla.)

A plant with beautiful spotted leaves. It flowers abundantly during the Summer months, when planted out in the open border. The flowers are shaped like those of a Calla, and are pure white, shaded with violet inside. Keep dry in Winter, and start in the Spring, like a Dahlia. The plant belongs to the same order as Calla Ethiopica. Price, blooming bulbs, 15 cents each; large bulbs, to produce an abundance of bloom, 25 cents each.

HYDRANGEAS.

New Hydrangea, Stellata Fimbriata.—This is a beautiful Hyrdrangea, with bright pink flowers. Each individual blossom is beautifully fringed. Nothing else like it in the Hydrangea family. Price, 20 cents each.

New Hydrangea, Sapphire.—Everybody has wanted a blue Hydrangea, and at last we have it. Any Hydrangea flower will come blue when iron filings are placed in the soil, but this one is blue of itself, and is a wonderful novelty. Price, 25 cents each.

New Hydrangea, Monstrosa.—This is a new plant of the greatest merit. Color of bloom intense rose, shaded white, borne in clusters over eighteen inches in diameter. The flowers of Monstrosa are twice the size of any other Hydrangea, quite small plants bearing bloom of the most enormous size and of very lasting quality, often staying on the bush for a month. This plant is one of the finest novelties on our list. Price, 20 cents each.

New Hydrangea, Red-branched.—(Ramis Pictus.) A valuable addition to the list of Hydrangeas, with dark-red branches that brighten to a clear crimson color as they near the flower trusses. The plant is of robust habit, and produces freely immense heads of deep rose-colored flowers. A novelty of sterling merit that is sure to become very popular. This is by all odds the prettiest Hydrangea. Price, 10 cents each.

New Japanese Hydrangea, Paniculata Grandiflora.—A new, very striking and elegant hardy flowering shrub, suitable for lawns, recently introduced from Japan. The flowers are pure white, afterwards changing to pink, and are borne in immense pyramidal trusses more than a foot long and nearly as much in diameter. It blooms in mid-Summer, and remains in bloom two or three months. It creates a great sensation wherever seen. Is scarce and difficult to obtain. The plant is of busy and compact growth, attains a height of three to four feet, and is perfectly hardy in all parts of the country. Needs no protection of any kind. Price, young plants, 15 cents each; extra strong two-year-old plants for immediate effect, 30 cents each.

Otaksa.—This is the old-fashioned pink variety known by everybody. Price, 10 cents each.

Thomas Hogg.—A pure white variety, with trusses of flowers measuring fifteen inches in diameter. The plants, when full grown, attain a height and width of six feet. Perfectly hardy. One of the finest plants for cemeteries. Price, 10 cents each.

SPECIAL OFFER — The entire set of seven Hydrangeas for 80 cents.

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Farewell to Summer

School has started, which means summer’s activities will trail off, so let us bid farewell to summer with several camping scenes.

Whoever created the scrapbook of photographs in the Carr collection unfortunately did not annotate, so neither the participants nor the location of this camping experience are known. While there is much that remains familiar, like the tent and the fishing poles, it is hardly likely that present-day campers favor white shirts and ties.

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