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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Stag Swim: 1903

Stag Swim: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Swimming pool, Belle Isle Park, evidently." No girls allowed. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Loads of fun

They didn't seem to miss the girls, though!

Lack of one doesn't mean lack of the other

No girls, but there are plenty of bloomers in evidence.
Can't imagine trying to swim in those things.

What're you lookin' at?

Striped suit boy on the extreme left seems very suspicious of the photographer.

Probably afraid

they'll catch cooties if girls were allowed.

No Girls?

As a red blooded teenage young man in the 60's I find the concept of no girls at the pool or the beach highly offensive. I can get wet in my bathtub. You go to the beach/pool to see cute girls in cute bikinis and to do a copious amount of flirting. The thought of a boys only beach is un-American and frankly a little creepy. Just ask Frankie or Annette.

 
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