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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

YWCA Pool: 1927

YWCA Pool: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Y.W.C.A. pool." In the Y's new building at 17th and K Streets. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

All white

Later on, YWCA pools would become some of the first that were integrated.

Mommy! Mommy!

My swim cap is too tight!

Fifteen minutes of fame...

Fifteen years of therapy.

Overwhelmed

So much humility; so much embarrassment. I could be watching Reality TV.

Got a light?

The person at far right looks like she is enjoying a cigarette.

Nice room

What a nice contemporary-looking setting!

Posture

The figure at the far right just about sums it up. Our heroine on the board just wishes this were over and done; the spectators wonder if there will be sponge cake and coffee.

 
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