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Pool Photo: 1939

Pool Photo: 1939

June 1939. "Community swimming pool at Greenbelt, Maryland." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Downhill From Here

Not as crowed as the other pool pic, but look at that tall slide. Community pools became a legal nightmare when I was growing up. People just became too sue happy. There are very few community pools left. Most communities covered them up and turned the land into parks. All the community pools in my old home town have been gone for a long time. And that slide is a civil suit waiting to happen.

Even in black and white

That water looks good.

The Water's Fine

Happily, the Greenbelt community pool and center appear to be going fine, 80 years down the line. And the apartments seen above and behind are still there as well, with their distinctive, modern look for 1939, and a bunch of other stuff filling in the space between. Last one in is a rotten egg.

Symmetry

MPW sure did line herself up well to have the slide smack in the middle of the change-room building. The clock is just a wee bit off center in relation to the upper railing of the slide.

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