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Cool Pool: c.1969

Cool Pool: c.1969

From a bunch of old family slides a friend is having me scan. Location isn't specified, but is possibly Florida, like many of the others. I do know the black car is a 1963 Lincoln Continental and the white one an AMC Javelin c.1969. 126 Ektachrome. View full size.

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What gives this away as being somewhere in Florida are the ages of the patrons. Not a teen or tot in sight. If this had been a more youthful crowd, there would probably be a few portable radios in evidence with "Crystal Blue Persuasion," the ultimate lounge-by-the-pool tune of the summer of '69, blasting out of each one.

Ouch !

Now, if I'm not mistaken, those pool lounge chairs are of the ubiquitous (at least in the '50s and '60s) "plastic straps" type. They were sticky, uncomfortable, and they left you with that "grilled on the BBQ" look.

Otherwise, I totally agree with you, Dave. That '50s look should have been preserved, though God knows what looks that motel went through in the '70s and '80s before that final bland one.

Different times, also. Now a fence and a barrier are required to even the simplest motel.

1970 AMC Javelin

That car on the right, pretty rare car these days.

Blow no oil

Well we could always back in the cars just in case some guests love the smell of exhaust when they're sunbathing. Cough, cough.


Were those just standard rooms on the top floor and did they actually put steps in the upper part of that 'stair tower to nowhere'?

Double wow!

Wow, bryharms, good job! Thanks. An wow, Dave! Talk about your small world, degrees of separation and all that stuff. And I agree - today, yecchh.

Mardi Gras Motel

This was an easy find. 3400 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, looking south. Today it's called the Midtown Inn, but it still has that parallelogram pool!

[I remember this place from my tothood! Especially the color-bubbles on the stair tower to nowhere -- a motif repeated in the fence around the pool in tterrace's photo. Click below to embiggen. This could be a case study in how to transmogrify fabulous 1950s googie modernism into utterly crapulous banal postmodernism. The Insipid Inn.- Dave]


I like the lady at the far left, sitting in the parking lot and keeping an eye on those kids in the pool. There doesn't appear to be a fence (strange), so maybe the shade is better there.

Pool Hours

Are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for guests only. Can everyone else swim at midnight?

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