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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

A Day at the Beach: 1924

A Day at the Beach: 1924

"Potomac bathing beach. June 19, 1924." In case anyone needed reminding: No horseplay will be tolerated. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Life Before the Lawyers Took Over

That floating dive platform looks like a lot of fun. I can't remember the last time I saw a diving board at a public beach or pool, never mind a high-dive platform.

Potomac Beach

Does anyone know if you can still swim here? And how to get there?

[With a time machine. The Washington bathing beaches are no more. - Dave]

Action Shot

Great job catching the person diving off the platform- and is that man eating a Baby Ruth?

Wow

That beach looks like so much fun! How did they get the water to go through the sprayer on the right? The silhouette of the man diving is brilliant!

Seafood

I think the happiest guy here is the old guy just standing in the water, feeding his face. Or maybe he's putting his dentures back in. Hard to tell.

 
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