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World Cruise: 1943

World Cruise: 1943

        Among the more than 50 attractions to be found at Glen Echo Park, the free admission amusement park and recreational center located at Glen Echo, Maryland, is the magnificent World Cruise Water Ride. Embarking at the entrance in boats seating six passengers, one is transported over a waterway to magnificent scenic views of the capitals of the world. Glen Echo Park is open each year from early April to the middle of September and is easily reached by De Luxe Capital Transit street cars, or Conduit Road auto highway, or auto straight out Massachusetts Avenue. Devoid of any objectionable features, Glen Echo Park is one of the points of interest of the National Capital.         -- Postcard text, 1941

July 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "World Cruise at Glen Echo Park." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Flow of History

"Glen Echo Park is open each year from early April to the middle of September and is easily reached by De Luxe Capital Transit street cars, or Conduit Road auto highway"

The stops along the street car line are now neighborhoods bearing the old stops' names, and linear village greens that were the track bed and ROW. For example, Brookmont near Bethesda, MD:

Conduit Road became MacArthur Blvd. Its original name was to do with the Washington Aqueduct conduit pipes beneath it, servicing the Dalecarlia Reservoir in DC/MD. It was completed in 1858 and is the major source of DC's drinking water.

The Aqueduct has a Rails to Trails B&O (and then CSX) Roman Arch tunnel beneath it, measuring 340 feet long, 18 feet wide. It is now part of the recreational Capital Crescent Trail.

In Uniform

Navy dress blues have always been considered a liberty uniform no matter the season. If a service member were visiting or transferring to an area and was unaware of when the seasonal uniform shifted from "summer" to "winter"... they could always wear their dress blues.

Summer of change

I lived right across the street from the park when I was a kid. I would have been 6 during the "Summer of Change". I don't recall anything out of the ordinary, but Mom didn't "do" amusement parks, so no visits for me in any case.

All I remember of Glen Echo, is the sound of the roller coaster and the screams of its riders through the open window of my bedroom on the hot and humid summer nights when I was trying to get to sleep.

I don't think that's what it meant

The phrase "No Objectionable Features" was once used to describe movies, vaudeville and various entertainments. All it meant was that there was no nudity or lewdness, and that it was safe for everyone from children to grandparents.

"Objectionable features"

What the heck is meant by the comment that it is "devoid of any objectionable features"?

[Until 1961, Glen Echo Park was a segregated, whites-only venue. - Dave]

Out of uniform

I'm surprised to see one sailor out of uniform. He's wearing Dress Blues when the district dress code calls for Dress Whites to go on liberty.

Devoid of any objectionable features

Park history

In England

... this would be a QUEUE. In the US, a LINE, either way, annoying to those adults with little or no patients.

[In other words, annoying to pediatricians. - Dave]

[LOLOLOLOL. Where is speel cheek when you need it - Baxado]

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