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Central feature, 1939 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Sculpture; Central Feature
“The World of Tomorrow” is this year’s theme, and a nod to the New York World’s Fair. Show layout designed by Walter V. D. Hengel. Central Feature is a huge modernistic garden with a central fountain...
Bartlett Tree Experts exhibit, 1952 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Trees
Bartlett Tree Experts exhibit for the 1952 Philadelphia Flower Show promotes scientific tree care. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, had a local office in Bala Cynwyd,...
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's floral monthly exhibition for May 9, 1871.
Broadside advertising the May exhibition, featuring cut flowers, bouquets, hanging baskets, ornamental foliage plants, roses and other flowers and fruits. Exhibits were so popular that tickets were sold...
Customers at Wm. Penn Gift Shop booth, 1956 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Gift shops; Shopping; Crowds
Crowds gather in front of the booth operated by Wm. Penn Gift Shop of 1520 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The shop, which sold gifts of fruits, flowers and delicacies, was one of the commercial...
Mayor Samuel, Mrs. Duff and Lord Aberconway open the 1950 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Dedications
Cutting the flower-festooned ribbon are (from center moving to right): Philadelphia mayor Bernard Samuel, show president W. Atlee Burpee, Jr., Mrs. James H. Duff, wife of the Govenor of Pennsylvania, and...
Bartlett Tree Expert Company exhibit, 1931 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Trees
Educational exhibit of the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, headquartered in Stamford Connecticut, with a Philadelphia office at 152 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania. Photographer number 11918...
Bartlett Tree Expert Company exhibit, 1953 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Exhibitions; Trees
Educational exhibit of the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, headquartered in Stamford Connecticut, with a Philadelphia office in Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania. Photographer number 159 in lower right corner....
Pennsylvania Roadside Council exhibit, 1963 Philadelphia Flower Show
Flower shows; Roads; Billboards; Eyesores
Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Roadside Council, Inc.in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Highways. The sign above the exhibit – “Scenery or Signery?” sends message to the public that...
The Modern Age, Vick's Wildgardens exhibit, 1955 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Suburban life; Outdoor furniture; Patios; Wild gardens
Exhibit title: The Modern Age. Vick's Wildgardens, Inc., Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Exhibit features a contemporary, 1950's modern house with informal wild garden. Awarded first prize in Informal Planting...
Crew from the School of Horticulture for Women, loading a truck with plants for their show exhibit, 1954.
Flower shows; Exhibitions; Women
From Levine and Rogers (p. 9): "For Ernesta Ballard (third from right with glasses), the schools's 1954 exhibit was her first exposure to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Ten years later, as executive director...
Spade and Trowel Garden Club during Philadelphia Flower Show setup, 1954.
Flower shows; Exhibitions; Garden clubs; Women; Set up photographs
From Levine and Rogers, p. 8: " Members of this Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, garden club are installing their Show exhibit, which, when finished, included a garden outside and a furnished room inside...
Class 501, Wayside market entry of vegetable stands, 1933 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Produce stands; Vending stands; Garden clubs
From the Evening Bulletin, April 3, 1933: "Last week's Flower Show organized a competition for Wayside Markets, for the first time in 100 years taking official recognition of farmers as well as gardeners....
Gardener's Open Book exhibit, 1935 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Conservation of natural resources
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, February 24, 1935: "One of the most unusual exhibits of the Flower Show which will be held in the Commercial Museum March 25-30, will be the "Gardener's Open Book" an exhibit...
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's first Horticultural Hall, interior view.
Flower shows; Exhibition buildings
Interior view of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's first Horticultural Hall. Exhibitions were held in this building from 1867 until it was destroyed by fire in 1881. Building location described...
Governor James Duff and Mrs. Duff at 1948 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Orchids; Governors; Hats; Women
Mrs. Duff, left, wife of Pennsylvania Governor James Duff, is getting an orchid corsage pinned to her lapel. Governor James Duff is on the right. Photographer number 5 in lower left corner. Stamped on...
Mrs. Gifford Pinchot and Mayor Mackey, 1931 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Mayors; Women
Mrs. Pinchot, wife of Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, is Mayor Mackey's guest at the 1931 Philadelphia Flower Show held at the Commercial Museum, 34th Street above Spruce Street. Even in the depths...
Conard-Pyle Co. rose exhibit, 1931 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Roses
Partial view of rose garden exhibit of Conard-Pyle Company (then known as Conard & Pyle) of West Grove, Pennsylvania, covering 1200 square feet. The background is a one-story colonial house with a gable...
Class 521, winning table setting for buffet supper table set for entertaining men in the service, 1942 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Table settings & decorations; Flower arrangements;
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society followed a theme this year of “Morale Contributes to Victory. Flowers Contribute to Morale.” This is the winning table setting from Class 521. Buffet supper table...
Planning the competitive classes for the 1947 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Flower shows; Women
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Flower Show committee members meet at PHS headquarters to plan the competitive classes of the 1947 Philadelphia Flower Show. L. to r: Mrs. J. Gibson McIlvain, chairman...
Pennsylvania Roadside Council exhibit at 1954 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Rest stops; Roads
Show exhibit features a roadside rest stop, including a picnic table and water pump.Wording on sign: Pennsylvania Roadside Council cooperating with Pennsylvania Department of Highways. Penciled on verso...
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