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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Arlington Beach: 1925

Arlington Beach: 1925

Circa 1925. "Arlington Beach." An amusement park in the general vicinity of today's Pentagon, removed in 1929 to make way for an airport expansion. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

CC: Grandma

I was talking to my mother recently about her visit to the circus (Ringling Brothers) around 1934. My grandmother wouldn't let her have any cotton candy because "it was dirty."

Warts and All

Washington Post, Jul 26, 1925

Children With Warts to Compete at Outing

The more warts the merrier it will be for the underpriviledged boys and girls who go on the Gospel Mission's outing at Arlington Beach park next Sunday. A handsome prize, donated by the park management, will be presented to the child showing the most of them.

About 200 kiddies will go on the trip. John Newbold has donated four big vans with which to carry the children across the Highway bridge to the beach. Other conveyances will also be used. The run of the park will be given them when they get there.

'Great Sound'

Quite the sound system on the Gazebo floor... bet the kids loved it and the parents hated it?

Boring ferris wheel

Obviously the wheel has stopped. From the look of the guy on top, it has been a while. These days there would be an uproar over those two children alone.

Probably because it isn't moving...

You can see that the leaves on the trees are blurry with movement, but the people on the Ferris Wheel are nice and clear. This would seem to indicate that it isn't moving, and a Ferris Wheel that isn't moving is a pretty boring place...

In the Good Old Summertime

I notice when looking at our old family pictures going back to these halcyon days that so many of them are taken at beaches, amusement parks and picnics and the people always wore a lot of white clothing and straw hats. Most apparently absent then was today's look of stress which seems to be ever present in many current candid shots. Was it because leisure time really made them carefree or because they were not so worried about being robbed, assaulted and pillaged as we are today? (And come on all you imaginative and inventive Shorpy commenters, this photo needs some commentary and story lines). I must say I relish the variety of writing styles by the brilliant viewers just as much as I enjoy the appealing photography. Don't just sit there, SAY something.

Crank it up to 11

From the looks on the faces of the patrons, that has got to be the world's most boring Ferris Wheel.

 
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