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April 2, 2021

Swimming Pools of Florida Hotels in the 1950s and ’60s Through Beautiful Postcards

The first swimming pool was a public pool built in 1887 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Pools such as this were great places to socialize, and they provided a way to escape the summer heat before the invention of air conditioning. One of the first residential pools built was on the Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina in 1895.

Swimming pools of Florida hotels in the 1950s and 1960s

In the 1950s, after the Korean War, the pool construction boom really took off, as more and more pool companies were using gunite over poured concrete or hand-stacked concrete. Now Florida, Texas, New York, and even the Midwest were beginning to have pool companies move in, mostly from California.

In the 1960s, the boom continued, with low unemployment and a good economy. Motels continued to put pools in people’s minds, and the application process of gunite continued to improve. The 1960s are credited with PVC plumbing, pool skimmers, manufactured pool main drains, underwater lights, kool deck, and vinyl-liner pools. But the biggest advancement for this decade was the shapes of pools, which were becoming more freeform than the rectangle pool that preceded it.

Here below is a set of beautiful postcards that shows what swimming pools of Florida hotels looked like in the 1950s and 1960s.

Airliner Motel, 4155 N.W. 24th Street, Miami, Florida

Argosy Motel, 17425 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida

Aztec Motel, Miami Beach, Florida

Azure Tides Hotel Court, Sarasota, Florida

Bahama Motel, 401 N. Atlantic Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bambi Motel, U.S. Highway 441, Gainesville, Florida

Beach Plaza Apartment Hotel, 625 N. Atlantic Blvd., Route A1A, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Beaux-Arts Apartments, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bel Air Hotel, Cabana Club, Miami Beach, Florida

Blue Grass Ocean Front Motel, 183rd and Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida

Blue Waters Hotel, 74th St. & the Ocean, Miami Beach, Florida

Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida

Buccaneer Resort Motel, Gulf Boulevard, St Petersburg, Florida

Carnaval de Venise, 4324 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida

Castaways Resort Motel, Ocean at 163rd St., Miami Beach, Florida

Chateau Resort Motel, Miami Beach, Florida

Congress Royal Palm Motel, 1250 Cleveland St., Clearwater, Florida

Coral Savoy Motel, 2573 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Daytona Beach Bungalows, 2545 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, Florida

Dolphin Motel, 1350 Gulf Coast Highway (U.S. 19), St Petersburg, Florida

Edgewood Arms Apartment & Motel, 2850 S.W. 18th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Edward James Resort Hotel, 11750 Gulf Blvd.,St Petersburg, Florida

Eldorado Motel, 11360 Gulf Blvd., St Petersburg, Florida

Esquire Deluxe Apartments, 4710-20 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach, Florida

Flamingo Resort Motel, 1915 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach, Florida

Fleetwood Motel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Grant Motel, St Petersburg, Florida

Haddon Hall Hotel, 1500 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida

Hi Seas Motel, 455 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Holiday Inn, 2700 Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach, Florida

Holiday Inn, Pensacola, Florida

Holiday Inn, U.S. Highway 27, Tallahassee, Florida

Holiday Shores Motel, 1015 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida

Island House Motel, 46 Venetian Way, Miami Beach, Florida

Ivanhoe, Oceanfront 101st Street, Bal Harbor, Miami Beach, Florida

Langford Hotel, Winter Park, Florida

Lauderdale Ruttger, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Leo Motel, Dania, Florida

Lewis Palm Park Motel, 4100 N. Fourth Street, St Petersburg, Florida

Lombardy Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida




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