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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Everybody In: 1900

Everybody In: 1900

Charlevoix, Mich., circa 1900. "The pool, Charlevoix-the-Beautiful." Please, no diving from the gallery. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Those Rings

Hawk777; if you ever see the old movie "His Favorite Wife", you'll see Randolph Scott demonstrate how those rings can be used.

POV

This is an image that really begged to have the camera set as low as possible; ideally, virtually at the water surface, rather than atop a fairly tall tripod, as it appears. I suppose that would have hidden that luxurious diving board, though!

[Then you would not have the amazing reflection and striking perspective that turn this into the M.C. Escher Memorial Plunge Pool! - Dave]

Huh?

Is one supposed to jump on the board and catch those rings?

Still a resort

Charlevoix, Michigan was the summer home of Jon-Benet Ramsey and her family.

Laptop handicap

Looking at this full size, in sections the size of my laptop monitor, it took me a while to realize that this was a reflection and not beams under the water! At first I thought it was something like this, except finished and with water in it.

Thanks, for, the, belly, laugh, Dave,

Your comma comment is right up there with your very best ones!

If Craftsman bungalows had indoor pools

They would look like this one, and it's meant as a compliment.

Diving board rug

When I went to high school freshman 1966 our diving board had a canvas surface I believe the board was made of wood it was renovated over the summer and when we came back in the fall we had a new fiberglass board with a sand and paint finish, the rug probably served the same purpose to increase traction when wet.

[Poor lonely comma! - Dave]

Mattress

I swear I thought the diving board was a mattress floating in the pool at first glance!

Stunning

An exemplar of gorgeous economy afforded by the skilled use of common dimensional lumber. A modern Scandinavian architect could not do better, and if this were replicated today, it would end up on the cover of Dwell (gaudy floral diving board carpet replaced with mid-century modern wingdings, of course).

Though I must say, I don't envy the guy who had to change the light bulbs. And, as with all resort construction of this era, the question must be asked: In what year did it burn?

All the charm

of Alcatraz!

A Delightful Plunge


Michigan Summer Resorts, 1913.

Charlevoix

The Inn, which is one of the best appointed public resort hotels to be found anywhere, will again be under the management of Mr. A. I. Creamer, who also conducts the Highland Pines Inn, Southern Pines, N.C.

He will have with him the same efficient organization which has contributed much to the popularity of this resort. Upwards of 500 guests are accommodated here. Recent improvements and enlargements add to the attractiveness of the Inn. There are now sixty private suites, each with bath, while every floor is provided with public baths and lavatories. The time for the opening this year will be the last week in June.

One of the distinctive features of the Inn is the big swimming pool, which is being patronized by thousands each year. The pool is kept filled with filtered water from Lake Michigan, flowing constantly and maintained at a temperature that makes a plunge a delight at all times. It is also a safe place for the little ones who are learning how to swim and the mothers have not been slow in appreciating this. Herr Leopold Fischer, whose friends are legion among those who "go north" each year, will be in charge for the season of 1913.

Surreal

What an extraordinary picture. What is real and what is reflection. Way cool, as I would have said in '68!

The diving board is cushy but

the slide, on the other hand -- splintery!

"Wood" you like a swim?

If that's a slide off to the left, then folks are going to get some splinters in some pretty awkward places!

A Standout

The one incongruity that makes this photo is what I presume to be the diving board. Amidst all of this beautiful wood - Pine if I'm not mistaken, concrete and mirror smooth and reflective water juts this diving board carpeted (carpeted!!!!) in a floral pattern. Despite all of our instincts to follow the lines and to follow the upward sweep of the beams and rafters our eyes are riveted to that diving board the only feature of the photo that stands out as being out of place.

Luxury

I've never seen a diving board with such cushiony softness.

Totally Angular Dude

Not a very curvy pic to say the least.

 
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