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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Hosed: 1943

Hosed: 1943

July 1943. "Glen Echo, Maryland. An attendant washing the sand from people who are going to the swimming pool from the beach at Glen Echo amusement park." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Automation has robbed America of some of its best jobs. Last time I went to the public pool, there was a showerhead over the locker room exit, instead of the personal touch of a man with a hose.

Re: Lifeguard

He seems a little young to be a lifeguard. And the word on the bottom of the Red Cross swimming badge ends in -or, so it could be Instructor or even (more likely) Senior or Junior.

Life Guard on Duty

The boy on the right has the Red Cross lifesaving Certificate

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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