Old Ocean City: The Journal And Photographs Of Robert Craighead Walker, 1904 1916 Robert Harris Walker

ISBN: 9780801865855

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Old Ocean City: The Journal And Photographs Of Robert Craighead Walker, 1904 1916  by  Robert Harris Walker

Old Ocean City: The Journal And Photographs Of Robert Craighead Walker, 1904 1916 by Robert Harris Walker
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Vacationers of today, writes C. John Sullivan, can only dream of what this seaside resort was like for those who visited in the early 1900s. With Old Ocean City, Sullivan brings back those long-ago summers through the words and photographs of theMoreVacationers of today, writes C.

John Sullivan, can only dream of what this seaside resort was like for those who visited in the early 1900s. With Old Ocean City, Sullivan brings back those long-ago summers through the words and photographs of the Walker family of Washington, D.C.

Avid photographers as well as sports enthusiasts, the Walkers preserved their Ocean City summers in hundreds of snapshots. And the Walkers son, Robert, kept a detailed record of those days in a small leather-bound journal, titled My Vacation, in which he wrote almost daily from 1912 to 1916.When the Walkers journeyed to Ocean City, Maryland, it was to enjoy summers filled with target practice on the beach, hunting the abundant waterfowl, fishing, boating, picnicking, and bathing in the ocean.

In 1908, William and Nannie Letitia Walker purchased a lot from the Sinepuxent Beach Company of Baltimore and built a small hunting lodge that, by 1910, had become a sturdy cottage. The Walkers named their summer home, which still stands at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Seventh Street, Romarletta, for their children Robert, Margaret, and Letitia.In Old Ocean City, Sullivan mixes his own commentary and explanatory captions with excerpts from Robert Walkers journal and more than one hundred family photographs (discovered in 1994, Sullivan notes, in a sweltering attic in Berlin, Maryland).

Views of handsome beach architecture and grass-covered dunes suggest an Ocean City almost unimaginable today. Rare photographs and accounts of shorebird hunting (banned in 1918 to protect sandpipers, plover, herons, and other species) are an arresting contrast to more familiar scenes of boating, fishing, and beachcombing.

We see the Walker children growing up -- and Ocean City growing up around them. The result is a surprising look at a place far different than our memories would recall. Sullivan includes a time line of Ocean City history and Walker family visits, starting with the formation of the Atlantic Hotel Company in 1868 (the companys stockholders chose the name Ocean City at their 1875 meeting in Salisbury) and ending with the Walkers sale of their beloved cottage in 1950.



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