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The Good Life: 1960

The Good Life: 1960

Another of the many swimming pools photographed by Frank Scherschel circa 1960. Throw in a tiki or two and we have all the makings of a Josh Agle painting. Anscochrome transparency, Life magazine photo archive. View full size.

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Midcentury Paradise

I think that is indoor-outdoor carpet around the pool. Notice that there appears to be a "forest" next to the house, too. There is not another "ticky tacky" house stacked on top of it. Ah, how very glamorous. Where IS this place?

Gregory Crewdson

This photo reminds me very much of Gregory Crewdson's style of photography... the bright, off-camera lighting, the way the subjects don't look at the camera, the Technicolor hues. It's a beautiful composition.

Jon Hamm, January Jones

This is almost identical to the scenes from "Mad Men" in which Jon has a "Clintonburger" (a regular burger with a little tomato on the side) and the lady at the front of the pool even looks like his wife, although she wasn't there. Notice these are strictly adults, no problematic children are pictured to complicate things. However, I must say that I found the 60's to be wonderful for the age I was at the time. We call them the good old days because we were not good and we were not old.

Still the Good Life

You would need to be very wealthy indeed not to see that photo and STILL see that as a lifestyle you'd like to lead.

The Exquisite Life

Certainly, a Trader Vic's approach in this family's poolside was not what they were reaching for. The Neo-Baroque clustering of the three candles is a statement of modern and fitting mores of the higher social elite that we all saw in pages of Look and Life at the time. This is a Mid-Century vision of what so many wanted--a twilight paradise with flaming dessert and coffee at the water's edge so accentuated by the muted stripes on the decking a l'Italienne. This is not a gathering that the skipper from Gilligan's Island would attend. Rather, the guests here await a dashing visit from George Peppard fresh out of his tan convertible with the red leather interior, wearing pegged and cuffed khaki trousers with penny loafers and white socks.


This is, indeed, a chic get-together. Wonder if they're listening to Martin Denny on the hi-fi.

Any information on where this house is? I love the striped tile design around the pool.

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