WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Library of Congress released a rare collection of hand-colored glass-plate lantern slides of American gardens from the pioneering photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston on the photo-sharing website Flickr for the first time.

The pictures were released Friday on Flickr. It comes a week after the library made the collection of 1,000 slides available on its own website.

Johnston was one of the first professional female photographers to achieve international prominence. The library holds Johnston’s personal papers and about 20,000 photographs and 3,700 glass and film negatives. The collection spans the period of 1864-1940, although the majority date between 1897 and 1927.

The color slides have not been seen since Johnston last projected them during lectures in the 1910s to 1930s to rally Americans to grow gardens on tenement lots, in rowhouse yards and in parks, which had deteriorated from industrial pollution and neglect during the Gilded Age.

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