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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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Looking at the papers strewn on the ground

The paper the couple bought was actually the Washington Evening Star of June 28, 1914. (The "Sunday Magazine" insert was also in the Baltimore Sun). The image of the woman on the section below their feet is the newly engaged Miss Mary Morris McCauley (to Lt Herbert S. Howard, USN) , and the male image on the paper on the right is an ad from the M. Stein & Co half-price, summer clearance clothing sale at 8th and F streets!

The Newspaper is from June 28, 1914

The Sunday Magazine from the Baltimore Sun for June 28th, 1914. With the image entitled "The Tenderfoot" by W. Herbert on the front. Our couple is choosing from one of several titillating articles from that day, such as "Learning A-B-C's at Seventy", "The Woman Who Found Happiness", "Blowing Yourself", "Rozzy, Christmas Angel", "Famous American Duels", and "The Bonehead's Baedeker". And closing out the back page, Canthrox!

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.

[These camps were on the Virginia shore of the Potomac. - Dave]

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!


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


"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.


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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