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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Lollipop Beach: 1923

Lollipop Beach: 1923

May 28, 1923. "Potomac bathing beach." A 10 on the Fun-Meter, from the look of things. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Still a Potomac bathing beach?

Is there still anything resembling the Potomac bathing beach? I wish I could go back 90 years and hang out with people like Iola Swinnerton and these kids, here. It is so wonderful that photographers preserved so much of the fun that our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents had there!

[See here. - Dave]

Pendants

Anybody know why they are all (mostly) wearing some sort of pendants around their necks?

[Those are claim tags for the changing-room lockers. - Dave]

Potomac

Having lived next to the Potomac my whole life, seeing many kids in the river at once has been a rare event in my 51 years.

The Lollipop Kid

Whatever the photographer yelled to get everyone waving was not about to interfere with the enjoyment of that lip-smacking treat. Goodness, makes you want to rub your hands together in appreciation, what flavour do you suppose?

Happy Happy!!

Everyone seems to be having a fun day at the beach!
Timeless.....same scene in 1823 and I'm again in 2023 somewhere..

 
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