Getting lost in the Internet Archive is like climbing into a claw machine filled with toys: At first you’re struck by how wonderful it is to be surrounded by dusty artifacts, but after the newness wears off, you might start yelling for help and trying to get out.
If the rose is the queen of flowers, in 1923, Gustav Schlüter had a kingdom of kingdoms. When the master gardener first founded his German nursery Garten Schlüter, roses were his first love, and the company’s logo continues to be a familiar red swirl to this day. His motto, Unser Garten, Unser Stolz, translates to, “Our garden, our pride.”
I feel the urge again. My fingertips run along my face, feeling for imperfections, and I slip into the bathroom to be alone. After a glance in the mirror, I stalk back out, my nails digging into my palms. Not today.