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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Splash: 1922

Splash: 1922

July 15, 1922. The new swimming pool at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Busted!

Although most of the subjects in the Shorpy shots are looking at the camera, I feel like I'm invading the privacy of some of these bathers. The group of guys on the long side of the pool, who are apparently aware of the camera, also seem to be aware that I personally am watching them. After eighty seven years you'd think they would be more receptive to an audience!

Good timing!

I'll be at the Marriot Wardman Park next month for a conference. They still have an outdoor pool, but I'm pretty sure it's not in the same location.


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Shirts

I notice all the guys are wearing tops. Was that a rule?

Beach pale

Look at those pasty legs flapping about at the far end of the pool. Somebody's having a really good time out there.

(Or, I suppose, a really bad time -- should someone be throwing out that life preserver?)

Of the seven nymphets

I have been sitting here for an hour wishing the young lady closest to the camera would turn around and wave. Sigh.

What a slope

That's quite a slope where the pool is — Wardman Park must have been very keen to have one. What's there now?

[As noted in the caption, this was a hotel pool. Currently the location of the Marriott Wardman Park. - Dave]

 
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