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Canoe Club: 1914

Canoe Club: 1914

On the banks of the Potomac circa 1914. "Summer camps: G. Whiz Canoe Club." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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The name of the woman on the right is Ennui d'Istaste.


The ravages of time to the negative just heighten the atmosphere of this photo. Gee Whiz, wish we knew more about this motley group.

Dare To Be Different!

The ladies are striking a fashionably languid pose, a la Vilma Banky, but Sadie is inclining on her "other left."

Interesting poses

The way the girls' heads are down and their hands placed coquettishly on the chin and the boys' hands on the chairs above them. This is not a formal type photo usually done in that era. It actually somewhat provocative in a way. Wonder why those tents are so close?

Re: Relationships

Mothers or girlfriends? wonders Mr Mel. Are they canoeists, too, perhaps, simply attired less fleshily than the men?

The G Whiz Camp

I actually found references to this group from the mid 1910's in old DC newspaper articles.

Apparently the G Whiz Canoe Club originated from Camp G Whiz, which was located somewhere about 2 miles north of Aqueduct Bridge.

They made their debut in the Washington Canoe Club Regatta in 1913 or 1914 (the article dated July 17, 1913 didn't specify).

The canoe club pops up a few more times over the next two years, but stopped getting hits in my search through the newspaper archives by 1916, which probably dates the photo to 1913-1915.

[We have dated the other pics in this series as circa 1914, so I think you must be right. - Dave]

Relationship Conflict

I'm trying to figure out if some of those women are the guy's girlfriends or their mothers.

Isn't there a Hyatt around here?

As it is today, 25% love camping, 50% put up with it, and 25% really hate the idea.


Wow, this one is like a microscope slide but the underlying composition is really great! I can't imagine lugging one of those tents with the heavy canvas and wood supports.

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