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A Romp in the Sand: 1905

A Romp in the Sand: 1905

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1905. "Euclid Beach." Where many a triangle got its start. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Shoulda brought my big purse!

You might see just a big hunk of driftwood, but that lady sees a table lamp.

Learning the ropes

As Dave says, ropes. But the reason is nifty ... at this point, definitely not as many people could swim as can today. So they'd go into the water while holding on tight, and always be able to pull themselves back in.

I'm not sure when they stopped this, but I know a few Canadian beaches I visited as a kid that had them.

Wires? Pipes? Sticks?

Anyone know what those long things going from the water to the sand are? I see at least two of them, one of which is in the foreground.

[Ropes. - Dave]

The secret word for today is: Spazz

Didn't that kneeling kid with those crazy shoes go on to dance on tables in a biker bar in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure? (Cue Tequila!)

Now I Remember!!!

Notice all those swimsuits on the clothes line in front of the bath house? Back then you could rent an itchy woolen bathing suit at the bath house (and rubber bathing shoes too). Nobody seemed to consider hygiene, they just wanted to get into the water. Fun, but yech.

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