Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.
In looking at the Palm Beach home Louis D. Beaumont, a philanthropist who made his fortune opening up May Company stores, it's fun to see that, when it comes to typical Southern Florida decor, there are some things that don't change: fireplaces astride pool pavilions, porticoed verandas, banana-leaf curtains, globby white furniture ... they're all on display in these photos from 1942. That's not to say that there aren't some relics of pre-midcentury design lurking about—the cushions of one chaise lounge are so overplump someone would probably roll right off—but that mix is exactly what makes the images so compelling. Have a look.