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No Horseplay: 1942

No Horseplay: 1942

June 1942. Greenbelt, Maryland. "Swimming pool. Bathers pay admittance according to age. Season tickets are obtainable by families." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Philly-style swimming

At our public pool in North Philly, which was free, boys could swim on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and girls Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Sundays was family day. You were only permitted one hour pool time, but you could go back in after you left (dressed) and returned to wait in line with the next group.


Looks like a modern oasis for kids in the swampy DC summer. Wish our municipal pools had a time machine and a tax base so they could be maintained and be actually open this summer.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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