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Dive at Own Risk: 1939

Dive at Own Risk: 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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When I worked as a lifeguard at a community pool in the early '70s, kids had to pass a test to go in the deep end and use the diving board. They had to swim the length of the pool (any stroke they wanted), then the width underwater, and tread water for 2 minutes. When they passed the test, they received a stretchy ankle bracelet to wear so life guards knew they were checked out. The test and the bracelet were free, but a replacement cost $1.

Ankles away!

Per the young man in the lower right hand corner, remember when we used to wear the locker key on our ankles?


This photo was taken five minutes before this post from May 3. In the intervening time, the kids on the slide have cleared away, as well as the kids on the diving board from which MPW took the 3:20 shot. The man with his head down standing in front of the men’s change room (distinctive for his lumpishness) has also moved off and can be seen in the later photo walking to the right.

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