Beat the Heat: Historic Photos of Fun by the Water

Whether in rivers, pools, or beaches, people escape the summer heat in the cool waters throughout the years.

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In the good old summertime, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1949
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Bathers at crowded beach, Atlantic City, N.J., 1949
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Children's delight, Atlantic City, N.J., 1949
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Children with boat on beach at Atlantic City, N.J., 1949
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Swimming pool built by children of town, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, 1944
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Library of Congress/Arthur Rothstein
Homemade swimming pool for steelworkers' children, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 1938
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Library of Congress/Arthur Rothstein
Homemade swimming pool for steelworkers' children, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 1938
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Library of Congress/Pauline Ehrlich
Dresher, Pennsylvania. Children wading in a stream on the Spring Run Farm. July 1944
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In the surf at Asbury Park, New Jersey, 1949
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Never touched me, possibly Ocean Grove, New Jersey, 1949
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