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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Naval Escort: 1943

Naval Escort: 1943

April 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Servicemen and their girls at the Glen Echo amusement park." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Some more pictures of Glen Echo Park

From my late father's pictures. Also taken in 1943, I believe. That's him mugging for the camera just below in the O of the word POP CORN.

Coaster Dips

That appears to be the Coaster Dips roller coaster in the background.

Looks Alike

The two girls on the left appear to be wearing outfits made out of the same checked material. Either they're sisters or best friends who shared a bolt of fabric. As usual, their 40's hairdos are a marvel of ingenuity.

That Sailor

Could have been me in 1951.

Prelude to cell phone camera

Brownie box camera. What hath George Eastman wrought??

Gimme a hand!

Lots of handling going on here!

Used to live across the street from Glen Echo

I remember trying to fall asleep on those hot, humid DC nights, to the sound of the roller coaster and the screams of the riders. This would have been 1960 or so.

Mom wasn't a big fan of amusement parks, but she did walk us through one day before we moved.

When Is A Clutch Not A Purse?

When it either carried or, held "clutched" under the arm pit. A handbag has handles, according to my wife. Although the girl in the checks is carting her handbag (I see handles) under her arm.

The middle girl is carrying, what I assume, is a peize of some sort.

[It's a camera. -tterrace] [good eye]

Dress codes matter!

With today's dress codes and its bare midriffs, the gentleman wearing blue might end up as a "navel" escort.

Go Navy!

Popeye hits the jackpot.

 
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