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Come into my parlor | by Fray Bentos
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Come into my parlor

As in Britain, the streamlined and Art Deco styles seem particularly associated in America with coastal places and seaside resorts. The tradition is continued and one is sometimes taken in, at first sight, by what appears to be a genuine building of the period that proves, upon closer inspection, to be of recent construction. I'm not sure about this one. Streamlined above but rather angular below. At the sides there is quite a bit of unadorned (apart from a coat of whitewash) concrete where, in a recent structure, one would probably find some sort of cladding. There is a little light distress in some of the less publicly visible parts and the building must surely be some decades old. The business was established in 1939, according to its website, but there are several sites dotted around Ocean City, Maryland, and this one doesn't seem to be illustrated. I'm not big on ice cream myself, especially in the obscene, marshmallow-impregnated, caramel sauce and sprinkle-topped amounts served in America. I mean can feel your life expectancy decreasing as you eat. I didn't sample the wares. I love all these parking lot-surrounded "outlets", that line American highways in the vicinity of every town.

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Taken on February 21, 2013