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The Kiss

Statue called “Embracing Peace” by artist J. Seward Johnson on American Way in National Harbor, Maryland. Embracing Peace is based on an iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on August 14, 1945 as celebrations broke out upon news of Japan’s surrender and the end of World War 2.

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Flamingo Motel, Wisconsin Dells

Nothing says tourist trap quite like flamingos (especially when you’re in Wisconsin), and this oversized sign for the Flamingo Motel and Suites, 910 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S. (U.S. Route 12), Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, doesn’t disappoint. Wisconsin Dells has been a family vacation destination since the nineteenth century. Many motor inns adopted a “populuxe” style to appeal to travelers on a budget, promising comfortable accommodations at an affordable price.

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Historic America Photography

What a Wonderful World

Statue of Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) by artist Ivan Schwartz on American Way in National Harbor, Maryland. Louis Armstrong was an accomplished jazz trumpeter from New Orleans.

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Admiral of the Chesapeake

The commissioned admiral of the Chesapeake Bay, Earl White (1919-2004), ‘Black Pearl of the Chesapeake’, holding a skipjack boat’s wheel immortalized in the stained glass mosaic ‘Maryland’s Bounty’ by artist Cheryl Foster at National Harbor, Maryland. Earl died in 2004 at the age of 85.

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We Can Do It!

Statue of Rosie the Riveter by artist Ivan Schwartz in National Harbor, Maryland. It is based on a popular patriotic World War 2 poster drawn by Norman Rockwell.

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Photography

Gnomin’ Around

Gnome Garden

A garden gnome in the patio of J. Brian’s Tap Room, a family-owned Irish gastropub at 200 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Hippie Paul Bunyon

This hippie Paul Bunyon statue sits in a field at 34 Yasgur Road outside Cochecton, New York. Yasgur Farm is named after Max Yasgur, who hosted the famous 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Now, every August, hippies come together to commemorate this event with three days of live music at the Yasgur Road Reunion. There’s a sign discouraging trespassing at the site, because if hippies held anything sacred, it was private land ownership and property rights.