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Among the more than 50 attractions to be found at Glen Echo Park, the free admission amusement park and recreational center located at Glen Echo, Maryland, is the magnificent World Cruise Water Ride. Embarking at the entrance in boats seating six passengers, one is transported over a waterway to magnificent scenic views of the capitals of the world. Glen Echo Park is open each year from early April to the middle of September and is easily reached by De Luxe Capital Transit street cars, or Conduit Road auto highway, or auto straight out Massachusetts Avenue. Devoid of any objectionable features, Glen Echo Park is one of the points of interest of the National Capital. -- Postcard text, 1941
July 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "World Cruise at Glen Echo Park." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Portland, Maine, circa 1910. "Longfellow family tomb, 2nd from right, Western Cemetery." Resting place of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of "Paul Revere's Ride," "The Song of Hiawatha" and other classics. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased that seem to have been taken in upstate New York about 1912. This is from a film negative that has been bent, hence the flare on the right side. The lady's dress is spectacular, and she is coordinated with gloves and white shoes. I don't think this was an inexpensive outfit. View full size.
January 25, 1955. "Becton Dickinson Inc., Rutherford, New Jersey. Entrance toward double secretarial desk. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Welcome to the cubist man-trap known as Executive Reception, where Miss Stellwagon presides over the Secretarial Lair. Please have a seat and we'll be right with you. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
I recently purchased a collection of negatives, both film and 4x5 glass. They seem to be circa 1912 and were taken in upstate New York. We have identified locales such as Trenton Falls park (now closed) as well as Niagara Falls, Fultonville and Rome. This lady is featured in most of them, as well as her husband and young son. There are other people, but these three are seen most often. She has an extensive wardrobe, and is photographed in many beautiful outfits. This dress is the simplest. In another photo, she is seen in this chair reading a newspaper. One article in the paper gives us the hint of 1912, and her wardrobe offers more evidence. I'll submit other photos if there is interest. View full size.