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Inside the Private Gardens of Manhattanites in the 1920s

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Take a break from your Monday afternoon and stroll through the gardens of New York circa 1920. The Library of Congress recently released a slew of new colored garden photographs taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston, and Gothamist weeded through the 56 images to pick out those depicting lush urban oases in New York. "The views of backyard and window box gardens in Manhattan reflect Johnston’s commitment to beautifying city life, too," writes the LOC. For more than 60 years, the photos were rarely seen because they lacked identifying information. But house and garden historian Sam Watters changed that, spending five years researching the flowery photos to properly place them in history.

The images were originally created as black and white photographs, then they were reproduced as hand-colored lantern slides.

The collection will be published later this year in a new book titled "Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston."
· Here's What NYC Gardens Looked Like in the 1920s [Gothamist]
· Gardening in Color, Library of Congress [Flickr]