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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.

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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]

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


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!


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.

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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