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A Day on the Bay: Postcard Views of the Chesapeake

by Professor Bert Smith

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801868572, Hardcover)

A delightful companion to the popular postcards books Greetings from Baltimore and Down the Ocean, A Day on the Bay captures the color and charm of Chesapeake beach resorts, the legendary steamships that served them, and the beauty and recreation that give the "Land of Pleasant Living" its identity. Here are the Emma Giles and the Bay Belle, generations apart, steaming to Tolchester and Betterton beaches; the elegant City of Norfolk departing Baltimore harbor for the overnight trip to Newport News; sailboats plying the waters of the lower Bay, midshipmen parading in Annapolis, and amusement piers at Chesapeake Beach and Ocean View teeming with revelers.

Accompanied by Bert and Anthea Smith's engaging account of Chesapeake life and lore, the postcards document places and experiences that have all but faded into history yet remain fond and vivid memories for generations of residents and visitors. As in the previous books, the Smiths have chosen postcards for aesthetic as well as historic interest. Some are individually hand colored, and many display photographic tricks or unique design elements -- making them far more evocative than mere snapshots. From the Susquehanna Flats to Capes Charles and Henry, A Day on the Bay preserves a wealth of Chesapeake history in beautiful and colorful detail.

Praise for Down the Ocean:

"A nostalgic vintage Technicolor postcard trip to the fabled ocean resorts of Maryland and Delaware and summers past... Smith has included in his wonderful retrospective a number of postcard whimsies, such as a nighttime view of the Ocean City boardwalk from the Coast Guard station."--Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun

Praise for Greetings from Baltimore:"Reproductions of hand-tinted cards and a witty companion text wrap Baltimore history and postcard-art history into a series of engaging vignettes." -- Baltimore Magazine

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