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 the summertime of the 1910s, '20s, and '30s, the Western World's aristocracy loved little more than to don an oversized hat, drape on an inordinate amount of clothing—fur stoles in June? yeah, baby—and mill about at croquet-infused garden soirees. To close out this week's grand festival of everything outdoors, here's a look at some of the most beautiful, most amusing, most decadent black-and-white photos of garden parties Getty Images has to offer. What's the story of the photo, above? That would be Miss Cora Carew, participating in "a toe dancing study of the 1812 period" at Lady Carson's garden party for the Children's Country Holiday Fund, in 1928. And that's just the beginning.