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Gypsy Camp: 1925

Gypsy Camp: 1925

Montgomery County, Maryland, 1925. "Fortune teller -- Glen Echo Park Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Mysterious Madame Careta

Haven't been able to find much but The Washington Times had several ads placed through the winter of 1912-1913 of Madame Careta of Glen Echo being at 809 9th street NW for the winter. By June of 1913 she is back at Glen Echo for the summer with "three assistants"

Madame Mask

"Careta" is Spanish for mask. Get your fortune from a masked gypsy. Doesn't sound too promising.

Excellent marketing environment: large metal pot that's never had a fire, and numerous sitting areas implying large potential crowds.

Most terrifying is the "experts tell your past, present and future," just a few miles outside Washington D.C.

Strange Dreams

You're not kidding if you hung around there too long.


Did they see the Great Depression four years ahead?


I see ... in ze future ... people vill be looking at peekture of us ... I do not know how ... but zey'll be looking.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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