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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Flotilla: 1961

Flotilla: 1961

April 1961. "Sunbathing with the latest swimming pool equipment, including a lounge chair with floating beverage holders and game table attachments." From photos by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only -- Pool Life." Tell your kids about how back in the day people couldn't play cards or smoke in the pool, and all you're likely to get is a blank stare. View full size.

 

Smokin' and cokin'

And no sunscreen. Those weren't the days.

I Must Admit

That I enjoy the sight of women in one-piece bathing suits, and dresses hemmed a modest four inches below the knee. This has somewhat to do with what a paleoflatus I am, and rather more with "things seen cannot be unseen."

 
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