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Public Pool: 1960

Public Pool: 1960

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960. "Municipal pool." 4x5 negative. View full size.


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This pool in Columbus was filled in a few years after this photo was taken because of desegregation. I used to swim there as a child.

The trembler

Thinking back to childhood's summer days, I remember that there was always at least one kid who was usually very slightly built who would be in the water for just 15 minutes or so before his very pale skin would become almost transparent, his lips would look blue, his teeth would chatter and he would shiver for the entire time he was in the water. In later years, I often observed this in other people swimming in different places around the country but whenever I think of kids in the pool, I always think of at least one of them looking chilled to the bone.

Skin Cancer City

ETres has it right. Not just the dermatologists, all too often the Oncologists as well. Mom would send us out without shirts in the summer and we'd be out all day w/o anything more than baby oil on us. I just turned 65 and recently had malignant melanoma removed. The chickens have come home to roost for the babyboomers!

Lifeguard! Lifeguard!

The boys wait in anticipation for Wendy Peffercorn to begin her shift.

Swimming and Civil Rights

When I was a kid, the black kids did not know how to swim because they had no access to public pools or beaches.

Well, Semi-Public

Segregated Public Pool.

What's "sunscreen?"

Those kids are keeping the dermatologists very busy these days.

Jim Who?

I sure the black kids had a separate, but equally nice, pool across town.

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