Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 1935. Wading pool, Carmansville Playground.

“As you swim,” wrote Anaïs Nin,“you are washed of all the excrescences of so-called civilization, which includes the incapacity to be happy under any circumstances.” Nin wrote that whilst taking the waters off in Acapulco, Mexico, in the winter of 1947.

New York City was another place. “In New York people seem intent on not seeing each other,” she went on. “Only children look with such unashamed curiosity.”

So, how about stripping off and taking a dip in one of New York’s Open Air Pools? After all, swimming is good for the soul.

As Curbed writes: “In 1936 eleven WPA swimming pools opened in the city, giving New Yorkers sweet relief from the heat. The pools were feats of engineering for the time, plus each was architecturally distinct.”

You can see some of them here.

h/t: flashbak

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
c. 1960. NYC Parks Department Swimmobile.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
1946. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
1946. Betsy Head Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
Aug. 1, 1940. Red Hook Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
March 20, 1940. Betsy Head Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
Aug. 14, 1938. Red Hook Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 1938. Faber Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 12, 1937. McCarren Park, New York.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 12, 1937. McCarren Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 12, 1937. McCarren Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
1936. Colonial Park Pool (now Jackie Robinson Park).

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
1936. Colonial Park Pool (now Jackie Robinson Park).

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
Aug. 20, 1936. Astoria Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 29, 1936. Astoria Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 1936. Thomas Jefferson Park Pool.

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
Aug. 20, 1936. Swimming contest, Astoria Park Pool, Hell Gate Bridge in background.

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