Woman and children sitting on a diving board

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What it is:

Photo measuring 4.5 x 2.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pen is Charles, Robin, Hope + Gwen / July 1932 Sawtooth Mountains.


Continuing the summery theme, here’s another woman with children, ready to swim.  This is another of the photos that were a gift from my friend Nathan, and several of the people pictured here are younger versions of people pictured here.  I can’t quite tell if the edges of the diving board don’t look smooth because they are the rough-hewn edges of a log, or if the board is covered in a canvas-like fabric, perhaps as a non-slip feature.  As for the Sawtooth Mountains, there are mountains by that name in Idaho and Southern California, and I’m not sure to which this refers.

6 comments on “Woman and children sitting on a diving board”

  1. I can’t help you with the location but I love the outdoor, natural pool. This is even nicer than the one I went to which had an annual event called Polar bear Plunge…brrr.

  2. I was thinking it might be the Idaho one, especially since they’re supposed to have a “famous” hot springs pool. But I can’t find a picture of any pools in the actual Sawtooth National Forest that look like this. The closest I came is this hotel site (“Sawtooth Lodge”), whose pool is a bit similar, though the edge is not the same:

    • Thanks for checking! It’s hard to say where this was. And I hope I haven’t overlooked some third range of Sawtooth mountains somewhere. I imagine the pool could easily have changed in the intervening years, but not necessarily.

  3. Not that this photograph is dated to the 1950s, but I remember diving boards in the 50s being covered in some heavy canvas material for traction. As the material became worn and/or began to disintegrate in the sun, the edges would get very frayed, just like in this picture.

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