Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society at The Heritage Fair

Photography by David Robert Crews

The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society has a nifty little museum in Dundalk Village Shopping Center. Check it out sometime.

Bob Staab wrote a locally popular book titled "Growing Up In Dundalk" Precious Memories. And in the photo just above, at the left, Bob is the suntanned, former-lifeguard-looking type of a guy standing there showing the two ladies and dark shirted man a copy of that book. Mr. Staab was my 5th and 6th grade physical education teacher -- called a gym teacher in those olden, 1961 era, days -- at Merritt Elementary School. I also knew Mr. Staab as a lifeguard down at Dundalk Bathing Beach/Merritt Beach, which was about a half a block down the street from the home where I grew up. As a kid, I spent plenty of time "down The Beach" myself, where I learned a lot by taking Red Cross swimming lessons there while also learning a bunch of good stuff about meeting pretty girls and havin' great times with guy and gal friends and buddies.

Normally, as a professional photographer, I would have cropped that Bob Staab photo up a little closer to Bob's and the one lady's waist level -- where 'twould make it a much tighter photograph. But I simply could not resist including those "hairy-bone socks"* and little ol' low cut loafer style shoes that Bob has on; because it proves the he most definitely still is one of them lifeguard types to this very day; even though he never could have afforded to own such an expensive, nice and comfortable looking pair of shoes back during his early days of living a whole lotta time on beaches. But they were great times, now precious times, I assure you.

(*"hairy-bone socks" is a comical expression that 1960s era Dundalk teens used for a guy wearing shoes without socks on, and is a take-off on the word Herringbone, which is a pattern used in fabrics -- now that's some Dundalk history youz would never learn anywheres else!)

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