National Geographic : 1927 Aug
© National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumire byGervais Courtellemont THE ALSATIAN LANDSCAPE UNFOLDS A PANORAMA OF PROSPEROUS CONTENTMENT Despite the wars that have ravaged them and the armies that have foraged here, the fields of Alsace produce bountiful crops of cereals and fruits. The patchwork appearance of these fields is the result of a practice, common in many parts of Europe,ofdividing the land of afather equally among his children. There are no fences between these plots but stone markers are placed at the corners, and they aresometimes bordered by rows of red poppies. Periodically the village authorities remeasure them to be sure that no one is encroaching too seriously onhis neighbor's land.