Caught Our Eyes: A Well Framed Porch

Reference specialist Jan Grenci pointed out this photo, which Farm Security Administration photographer Carl Mydans took in February 1936.

Manville, New Jersey, showing series of identical houses. Photo by Carl Mydans, 1936 Feb.

Manville, New Jersey, showing series of identical houses. Photo by Carl Mydans, 1936 Feb. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b26919

Although February is not a month when people in the mid-Atlantic region generally get to enjoy their porches (as we can testify), Jan noted Carl Mydans’ keen eye for a photographic opportunity:

I like the way the porches frame each other, seemingly to infinity. I also like the way the porch lights line up to direct your eye through the photo. Carl Mydans sure knew how to frame an image!

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