A GLANCE AT THE PHOTOGRAPH
In this early-spring photo taken about 1925, three boys in Cubs uniforms pose near a house whose yard is rough and unadorned. Larry (left) holds a common garden hoe. Doug (centre) holds a similar hoe and wears a canteeen. Bud (right) holds a garden rake and a box lunch. Another photo taken this same day shows Larry’s bag lunch and a vacant lot in the background.*a, *b click for more details
It is hard to say which scouting duties these Cubs may fulfill with their
garden tools; but “duty to others” is probably one of them.
They may be here to help someone in need by doing a spring cleanup, preparing
a new garden, or getting an existing one ready for planting. They may
be working on the yard near the house, in the vacant lot nearby, or both.
The influences of the City Beautiful Movement, the vacant-lot campaign,
the school-gardening movement, and the war-garden effort still prevail
in 1925, although they will wane towards the end of the decade.