This was kind of funny. I mentioned that when I took the bus from Portland, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts, two days ago, I sat next to a woman from Coastal Maine who was trying to beat the hurricane and get to the Midwest.
She mentioned that the population of her town swells during the summer, when cottagers and vacationers come in from all over. She said there's a local term for the more transient of these: "Washashores." I loved that.
Then she said, "We used to call them 'blackstrappers,' because tourists would all have cameras on black straps hanging from their shoulders. That's ancient history now. Nobody carries a camera hanging from a strap any more! These days, they all keep their cameras in their pockets, of course."
Of course... :-/
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Featured Comment by Jim Hughes: "Although my wife and I now live full-time in Maine after 'summering' here for more than 30 years, we will always be regarded as 'people from away.' In the beginning, we also fit neatly into the category of 'Summer Complaints,' as hardy midcoast Maine winter folk called those who disappeared every fall with the coming of the first frost. We once even got tee-shirts made with 'Summer Complaint' proudly emblazoned across our chests!
"In the Camden-Rockport area, the throngs of camera-toting students from the Maine Photographic Workshops always used to be called 'Blue Dots' by the locals—after, of course, the Blue Dots for Sure Shots advertising slogan coined for Sylvania flash bulbs many moons ago by Tom Maloney, legendary publisher of U.S. Camera who supported that expensive hobby with his very lucrative public relations business.
"I still use thin black straps for my cameras. My favorite, made of leather, is an old prototype quick-release design using a dog-leash clip that was given to me by Bob Schwalberg—back in the day it was called, naturally enough, the Schwalberg strap, and it hung from the shoulder of many a well-known Leica shooter."