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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CAMPBELL SOUP KID, c. 1910

Klassy Kamp: 1914

Klassy Kamp: 1914

Washington, D.C. (vicinity), 1914. "Summer camps on the Potomac. Klassy Kamp." I think there's probably enough going on in this one picture for a 10-part Ken Burns documentary. Note the Victrola and waterborne equivalent of a Coke machine. The Arlington Bottling sign on the boat advertises "Ginger Ale, Sarsaparilla, Lemon Soda." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
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Alternate Perspective

Well, I just can't get my head around this being on the West bank. Correct me if I'm wrong, but to me it seems we're looking at Rosslyn and Georgetown from the shores of what is now Roosevelt Island. Back then, long after the Mason family abandoned the island, it was used by various groups as a recreational site. Seems possible to me that this was an excursion by the Analstan Boat Club, or something of that ilk. Love the shot! I was born in Georgetown, (when Georgetown was the "slums") and I truly enjoy the looks back to a calmer, saner time.

How Wonderful!

Notice the man in the far back, center... the one with the sailor's cap and in all white. He is so dashing! What a Beautiful picture!

Wildlife

How to spot someone not of our era

The man in the chaise longue exhibits one of the differences between people now and then: wearing lace-up leather shoes in a casual outdoor setting. No canvas kicks in Kamp Klassy.

More kool kamps

Potomac river camps in 1917. Note the fanciful names. Click image for more.

Mabel W.

I've never seen a canoe important enough to garner a name before. I hope Mabel felt honored.

Evening Music

Washington Post, Aug 29, 1915

Society

"Klassy Kamp" on the Potomac was the scene of a pleasant entertainment last Sunday evening, many guests being from Washington and from other camps on the river. The music was the feature of the evening. Messrs. Winnie, Lester, Dudley, Lawrence, Reynolds, Powell and Grimm played guitars and mandolins, after which Messrs, Harry Gillman and Donald Libbey rendered several Hawaiian selections. Supper was served before midnight.

Re: Summer evenings

This wouldn't be the tidal Potomac. It looks to be the west bank on the Virginia side where the GW Parkway is now, and upriver from the Aqueduct Bridge.

Summer evenings

Anything to escape the heat of the city in summer.

That these people were willing to brave the giant mosquitoes of the tidal flats, some as large as pheasants, is a testament to the stifling heat in the days before air-conditioning.

We slept on the porch when I was a kid, and that was in the 60's.

Bottles

Several of the rustic fenceposts have an empty bottle in front of them ... has anyone any idea of the purpose or significance of these carefully positioned bottles?

[Decorations. - Dave]

Mixed Media

American flags, Japanese paper lanterns, today's newspaper, and an iPod a Victrola -- Not just Klassy, but Kosmopolitan!

 
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