Monthly Archives: February 2016

Roses, Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, Alabama

This image shows the layout and floral pattern of the rose garden section of Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Alabama. The picture is likely taken from the front of the conservatory building, which forms the northern boundary of the rose garden section.

Color Photo by Fred W. Holder

The description states:

BELLINGRATH GARDENS, MOBILE, ALABAMA

…The rose garden with its scores of varieties of roses is a favorite of summer visitors to the “Charm Spot of the Deep South.” Mr. Bellingrath was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Mobile and had the rose garden laid out in the design of the Rotary wheel emblem.

–The gardens are part of a much larger estate with a family building, lakes and a Japanese garden among other features.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

Natural Bridge, Winston County, Alabama

This image shows the largest natural bridge formation in Alabama, located in Natural Bridge Park, a privately operated nature park.

Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.

The description states:

Natural Bridge of Alabama located in Winston County, Alabama, called the “Free State of Winston,” 10 miles south of Haleysville. Highway #5. Picnic grounds, Artesian water. Souvenirs. Visited by tourists from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Open year ’round.

–For liability reasons, the current owners do not allow visitors to walk across the bridge. Viewing is restricted to the paths below.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

Dismals Wonder Gardens, Phil Campbell, Alabama

This image shows a typical natural scene of the location once known as the Dismal Wonder Gardens. It was an attraction operated privately until it was converted to a National Landmark, and renamed Dismals Canyon.

Color courtesy of the Dismals

The description states:

DISMALS WONDER GARDENS

Phil Campbell, Alabama

Truly a nature lover’s Shangri-La, the name Dismals comes from the Dismalites – tiny phosphorescent worms that twinkle like the stars on the rocks on summer nights. One of the South’s oldest undisturbed forests, the Dismals is also noted for its variety of ferns, herbs and mosses. See the “Trail of the Talking Trees”.

–The canyon is in a relatively remote part of northwestern Alabama.

This card likely dates from the 1950’s.