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Hot Hot Hot: 1921

Hot Hot Hot: 1921

July 28, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Relief from hot weather. Bathing at Rock Creek Park." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Rockin' it

I am pretty sure I was doing the same thing in the exact same spot, during the summer of 1965.


always keep their hats on outdoors.

One of the best pics

If this doesn't bring memories for all of us. I remember doing the same exact thing in a local creek, only back in the 80s. And damn -- does that look refreshing after a 100-plus day!

3rd kid

They might want to check on the kid in the middle. Looks like he's been under a little too long.

Looks good

Would love to do this NOW its hot!!!!!! My generation's answer to this was to turn the fire plug on, stayed cool until the cops came. also we did not believe the seniors who would tell us that we would get polio from the water.

Saving work for mother

I'll bet those boys' mother appreciated the fact that they washed their own clothes that day!

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