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Picnic at Camp McKibbin: 1893

Picnic at Camp McKibbin: 1893

Picnic at Camp McKibbin, Marshall Hall, Maryland, 1893. With members of the 2nd, 3rd and 6th battalions of the District National Guard. View full size. Photograph by William Cruikshank.

I wonder

Were they friends, family? Why do most of them look so depressed? The one girl on the right looks like she would bite. I wonder what's going on here.

I love the picture. That big round dark thing looks like a cake and it looks like they are eating sandwiches.

[See comments here. - Dave]


Is that a pack of cards sitting in front of the bowl? Is that a loaf of bread or cake. What are they eating?

So formal, even when they are relaxed.

[It's a box of something to eat I think. I tried blowing it up but can't quite make it out. - Dave]

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