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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Rock Point: 1936

Rock Point: 1936

September 1936. "Washing oysters. Rock Point, Maryland." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Beautiful

That's a fine and beautiful portrait.

Rock Point

This is the Rock Point in Charles County, about 10 miles down the Potomac from the 301 bridge, not the Rock Point in Anne Arundel County. Rock Point was a major player in the Chesapeake oyster business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

That man...

...looks just like my brother Bill!

 
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