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Ice Palace: 1942

Ice Palace: 1942

November 1942. "Chevy Chase Ice Palace, Washington. D.C. Skating in ballroom." Photo by Edwin Rosskam for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Shades Of Carlin's Ice Rink 1948

This pic brings back memories of a fond place of Old Baltimore ... Carlin's Iceland.

We were a fiscally conservative family so before my first trip there I had to try on my older sister's skates and they fit.

I was naive to the meaning of the colors (black-boys white-girls) so I proudly walked past the rental booth and put on "my" skates blithely oblivious to any snide comments possibly made by my fellow skaters. Today I would have been unmercifully shamed on Instagram or Periscope.

My style of skating was similar to the young lady forefront left ... bent ankles all day long.

A few years later Baltimore was awarded a franchise in a very minor hockey league and the games there were fantastic. I never knew if the hockey being played was any good but the small seating arrangements and inexpensive tickets usually led to an almost full house each game and since all seats (actually wooden benches) were general admission all one had to do was show up early to get a front row seat.

There was no Plexiglas protection and if you happened to be sitting front row when two players checked each other on the boards you usually wound up covered in rink ice and player sweat. An extra bonus would be if they started fighting in front of you.

Years later I would go to AHL & NHL games and the games seemed so calm and antiseptic compared to the condensed frantic quarters of the unheated Carlin's rink.

Gone in 2013

The Ice Palace was built in 1938 and lasted all the way to 2013:

Ice is a mess

That ice is badly in need of resurfacing. Trouble is, they're seven years shy of Frank Zamboni's first resurfacing machine, the Model A and 11 years away from the first distributed "Zamboni", the Model C.

Clear the ice

It’s well past time to crank up the Zamboni!

Rough Ice

That ice is in dire need of a Zamboni. Too bad it won't be invented for another 7 years.

That ice is about due.

Somebody get the Zamboni!


Was the ABC station using this building, located on Connecticut Avenue, when I lived on Yuma Street near the old Bureau of Standards in the late '50s. You've shown pictures on Shorpy taken at the old Hot Shoppe that was also located in this block.

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