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January 19, 2017

30 Hilarious Vintage Snapshots of People Diving Into Pools or Lakes

Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, usually while performing acrobatics.

Although diving has been a popular pastime across the world since ancient times, the first modern diving competitions were held in England in the 1880s. The exact origins of the sport are unclear, though it likely derives from the act of diving at the start of swimming races.

The 1904 book Swimming by Ralph Thomas notes English reports of plunging records dating back to at least 1865. The 1877 edition to British Rural Sports by John Henry Walsh makes note of a "Mr. Young" plunging 56 feet in 1870, and also states that 25 years prior, a swimmer named Drake could cover 53 feet.

Here, we selected some of hilarious vintage photos from the mid-century that capture people diving into pools or lakes.


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