Hot Fun in the Summertime – Wow Photo Wednesday

[between 1910 and 1930?] “Life Saver” and group of children in swimsuits

“Life Saver” and group of children in swimsuits
Monday, June 20th marked the first official day of Summer 2016. If you’ve been following the mercury the past week or so, you know that Colorado is already basking/baking in some serious summer heat. 
Of course, the best remedy for a hot day is a dip in a cool body of water, like the one the children in this picture are enjoying. 
We know this picture was snapped by Mr. Harry Mellon Rhoades sometime between 1910-1930, but that’s about all we know about it. Given Mr. Rhoades’ proclivity for photographing the Denver area, it’s possible that the lake is Sloan or Berkeley, but it’s tough to know for certain. 
There’s also a bit of mystery surrounding who exactly is appearing in the photo. While our cataloger believed that there were both boys and girls in the photo, we’ve had trouble finding anything but boys. While we wouldn’t want to second guess our photo cataloger, we’re wondering if maybe he mistook the boys’ swimsuits for girls’ swimsuits. (Suffice to say, we’d wish good luck to anyone trying to get their 10-year-old boy or girl to wear a suit like that today.)
Regardless of who’s in the picture and what they’re wearing, laying down in a cool lake is still the best way of beating Colorado’s searing, summer heat. 
If you like this picture and would like to own a copy of it, or any of the other photos in our Digital Collection for yourself, we can make that happen!

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