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Chesapeake Beach: 1919

Chesapeake Beach: 1919

July 1919. "Walter Reed outing at Chesapeake Beach, Maryland." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

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I third the "Handsome Rakes"!!

And from Walter Reed, then they are brave as well as hunky!

I'm amazed!

Several of these men appear to be running, quite swiftly, with only one leg and using no supports.

Water on the Planks

You can see the clear outline of the water on the wooden planks...I love that. And I second Jen Rutter on the "Handsome Rakes" comment!

Walter Reed

Perhaps you could read the thoughtful captions and information helpfully provided by our host?

Do you know what Walter Reed is? These are soldiers/vets on an outing. Notice any missing lower limbs?

Chesapeake Beach

The beach and large amusement park are long gone. The park flourished for many years, served by trains from the DC area and "cruise ships" from Baltimore. Both the train service and the park died early in the Depression.

The small train station which served the folks flocking to the beach/park from the heat of DC and Baltimore remains and is operated as a museum by the local historical society.

The site of the beach/park was developed in the 70s/80s and is now consists of a restaurant/hotel, condos, and duplex homes.

We live about three miles away.

Hubba Hubba

You know how there are several comments that "judge" the "beauty" of the women pictured on Shorpy? Well, I just want to say that you don't have to worry about filing this one under "Handsome Rakes"!

There, I said it.

Too much beef

It looks like the ladies are well outnumbered or is this a gay beach?

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