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Happy Campers: 1917

Happy Campers: 1917

July 16, 1917. Peekskill, New York. "Boys' shower, State Camp for Field Training." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Sparks old memories

In the early 1970's I'd spend a week at "Church Camp" in the mountains just east of California's Central Valley. The boys showers were similar to this but there was a roof overhead. I remember how the hot water plumbing went to the girls showers next door before it got to us so you could forget about having a hot shower if the girls were in there! My buddy and I would sneak out of our rustic cabin (10-12 kids in bunk beds) around midnight and take loooong hot showers in the cool night air. I'm lovin' the kid second from the right... "BANG, I gotcha!"


What also dates this photo is the fact that every third kid in it isn't obese.

Not Much Has Changed

This could easily have been taken a week ago. The old fashioned upper/lower torso swimsuits look just like modern wetsuits. The only thing that really dates this photo are those wide showerheads.

[And the narrow kids. - Dave]

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