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Swim Party: 1942

Swim Party: 1942

July 1942. "Bridgeton, New Jersey. Facilities for workers employed at the Seabrook Farms. Fourth of July picnic at Parvin Park." 4x5 acetate negative by John Collier. View full size.


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Those suits

I always hated those men's bathing suits that resembled the trunks pro wrestlers wore on TV.

Little bit of peril

Life is made better with little bits of peril sprinkled in. No one wanted anyone to get hurt and the adults took all precautions before letting the kids climb the tower. Then they joined them! Mostly, they were all happy to not be part of the previous generation wherein no one could swim and wool bathing attire was required.

X marks the spot

The lady at the bottom left, back to the camera, is trying out a new bathing suit ... one which exposes more of her skin than the previous model. I hope she doesn't burn.

If you have to hold your nose

your dive is not going to be anything fancy.

In November 1937, five years before John Collier took these photographs, the Bridgeton Board of Trade made a movie promoting their city. The 29-minute film includes a love story and is full of plugs for local businesses, including milk, bread, poultry, coal, and chocolate. But alas, there is no mention of Seabrook Farm. Bridgeton parks are quickly glossed over. I was hoping to see that diving platform, which I'm certain is no longer there.

That diving board contraption --

Oh so unsafe by today's standards, but oh so much fun by yesterday's.

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