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November 11, 2022

Vintage Postcards Show Swimming Pools in the U.S. in the 1950s and ’60s

The United States saw its first swimming pool is 1868 at the Cabot Street Bath in Boston. Though not a “pool” in today’s sense of the word, it was built to serve a neighborhood where most could not afford homes with baths.

In 1907, Philadelphia saw the U.S.’s first above ground swimming pool. This pool was built at a club known as the Philadelphia Racket. Soon after, in 1910, the first major technological advancement in modern swimming pools came about. The use of sanitation and filtration methods in swimming pools was a modern marvel. Prior to these advancements, pool water could only be cleaned by replacing the dirty water with fresh water.

Home swimming pools became popular in the United States after World War II and the publicity given to swimming sports by Hollywood films such as Esther Williams’ Million Dollar Mermaid made a home pool a desirable status symbol. More than 50 years later, the home or residential swimming pool is a common sight.

Here below is a set of vintage postcards that shows what swimming pools looked like in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

Arizona. Bali-Hi Motor Hotel, Phoenix

Arizona. Camelback Inn, Phoenix

Arizona. Desert Rose Motor Hotel, Phoenix

Arizona. Francisco Grande Hotel and Motor Inn, Casa Grande

Arizona. Hitching Post Motel, Scottsdale

California. Fantasy Motel, Anaheim

California. Flamingo Motel, Anaheim

California. Gilman Springs Golf Resort, Gilman Hot Springs

Colorado. Driftwood Motel, Denver

Connecticut. Ashford Motel, Ashford

Delaware. Atlantic Sands Motel, Rehoboth Beach

Florida. Apache Resort Motel, Miami

Florida. Apple Gate, Fort Lauderdale

Florida. Archway-Oceanic, Miami Beach

Florida. Cocoanut Grove Motel, St. Petersburg

Florida. Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach

Florida. Driftwood By The Sea, Palm Beach

Florida. Johnina Hotel, Miami Beach

Florida. Royal Palm Motel, Clearwater

Florida. Sea Dip Motel and Apartments, Daytona Beach

Florida. The Sea Gull, Miami Beach

Georgia. Ashley Oaks Motel, Valdosta

Georgia. Atlanta Terrace Motel, Hapeville

Hawaii. Outrigger Hotel, Honolulu

Hawaii. Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, Maui

Idaho. Bidwell's Motel & Apts., Pocatello

Idaho. Lava Hot Springs

Illinois. The Spa Motel, Chicago

Illinois. Town & Country Motel, Calumet City

Indiana. American Motel, Gary

Indiana. Holiday Inn, Vincennes

Kansas. Townsman Motel, Norton

Maine. Holiday Inn, Portland

Maryland. Thunderbird Motel, Bel Alton

Massachusetts. Colonial Statler Hilton Inn, Wakefield

Massachusetts. Esquire Motel, Seekonk

Massachusetts. Harborside Inn, Edgartown

Michigan. Chippewa Hotel, Mackinac Island

Mississippi. Bel-Aire Motel, Biloxi

Mississippi. Buena Vista Beach Motel and Hotel, Biloxi

Mississippi. Cabaña Beach Motel, Biloxi

Missouri. Bel Air Motor Hotel East, St. Louis

Missouri. The Chase Hotel, St. Louis

Nevada. Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Las Vegas

New Jersey. Carriage Stop Motel, Wildwood Crest

New Jersey. Cherry Hill Inn, Cherry Hill

New Jersey. Colton Manor, Atlantic City

New Jersey. Jolly Roger Motel, Wildwood Crest

New Mexico. Ramada Inn, Albuquerque

New York. Concord Hotel, Kiamesha Lake

New York. Concord Hotel, Kiamesha Lake

New York. John Milton Motel, Dewitt

New York. The O'Neill House, East Durham

New York. The Pines Hotel, South Fallsburg

North Carolina. Parkway Motel, Asheville

South Carolina. South of the Border, Dillon

Tennessee. Brookside Motel and Ranch House, Gatlinburg

Texas. Arrowhead Motel, Burnet

Texas. Belvedere Motor Hotel, San Antonio

Texas. Del Camino Motor Hotel, El Paso

Texas. Fairway Motor Hotel, McAllen

Texas. Holiday Inn, Fort Worth

Texas. Triple DDD Motel, Wichita Falls

Virginia. Beach Carousel Motel, Virginia Beach

Virginia. El Camino Motel & Restaurant, Norfolk




1 comment:

  1. The people in the pics were so lucky to live back in that era!

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