Victoria at Dreer's Nurseries
Image from Riverton Public School
Piecing together water gardening's history and its important
people and places is a challenge. Thanks to old documents, the
Internet and some special people, we are making headway.
One of the special people is John McCormick who teaches history
to sixth through eight graders at the Riverton School in Riverton,
"I started the Riverton Project because, when I showed
vintage postcard images to my students, they were surprised to
find out not only that Riverton had such an industry as Dreer's,
but that we had a trolley line, steamship service, and steam
"For several years, I ran a fund-raiser for the school.
As a history teacher, saving the images for posterity was my
primary mission. That accomplished, I stopped the fundraising
aspect as selling notecards, prints, enlargements, and calendars
in three different local stores grew to be a time-consuming part-time
job. Though the fundraiser is over, the images are still posted
on the school website. I still add more images to the site as
I am able.
"Too often these vintage images lay in archives of Historical
Societies or the albums of collectors and are seldom seen. My
efforts have put many hundreds of reproductions into the hands
of people who might not have otherwise seen them."
Riverton Public School Riverton
John McCormick's Vintage Postcards of Riverton