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Sunken Garden, Firestone Estate, Miami Beach, Florida

 
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0600
Creator
Places
Miami Beach (Florida [United States])
Florida (United States)
United States
Date
c. 1931
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
colorized photograph
Work types
postcard

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

Sunken Garden, Firestone Estate. / Miami Beach, Florida

Landscaping has been carried out to a high degree in Miami Beach and the sunken gardens on the Firestone estate are typical of the estates here.

Pub. by Pictorial Centre, Miami, Florida—Made in U.S.A.

2432-44

POSTAGE

1 cent U.S. Postage stamp

Postmarked 12 January 1931

Addressed to Milwaukee, WI

NOTE

1/10/31 Dear Hannah – Dorothy enjoys the paper and crayons and each day says she will write and thank you. We are all enjoying the sea air and sunshine. We visited an alligator farm and an Indian Village – perfectly filthy places – also saw a beautiful tropical garden. Joie was ill for a couple of days due to varied weather, etc. We are all OK etc again. Love to you.

EXHIBITION

Transplanting the Renaissance: Italian Villa Gardens in America, 1900-1940
May-August 2018

As Italian-style gardens spread across the country, they also crossed many social boundaries. Italianate gardens became common in small homes and public parks, and even larger private estates became more accessible to visitors. As their scope grew, so did the variety of stylistic interpretation: native plants and modern aesthetics were often incorporated. A style once reserved for the Renaissance elite became more democratic and at times resembled something much more American than Italian.

Although some of these postcards use the term “Italian” to describe the gardens, they all have their own unique interpretation of what that term means. Each garden is as different to the others as to the Italian sources. A visitor to the Miami garden (above)—which cleverly includes palm trees in its design—refers to it as a “tropical garden” in her note on the back of the postcard. Pola Negri, a famous Hollywood star of the 1920s, establishes a chic and modern context for her own Italianate garden.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.094
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0600
Creator
Places
Miami Beach (Florida [United States])
Florida (United States)
United States
Date
c. 1931
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
colorized photograph
Work types
postcard

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