Prep school boys, swimming naked; typical Monday for Martin ….

naked swimmingHi, friends and readers:

I’ve no idea how when the photo at left was taken, but I’m guessing it’s close to one hundred years old. I’ve read about these type, all-male prep schools, in the U.K. and the United States. Swimsuits were never worn during P.E. classes, everyone swam naked. I’m told this was also true at the YMCA, when only males were allowed to join. Guys swam in their birthday suits.

Ah, the good old days ….

I’m not sure what’s gotten into me during the past week, but I can’t seem to get out of bed in the morning, at a reasonable hour. This morning, I slept until ten, despite the fact I went to bed last night around midnight. Who needs ten hours of sleep? At any rate, I’m up and it’s another beautiful day outside, sunny and breezy, with a temperature in the mid-70s.

This afternoon, I’ll visit the YMCA for a workout and lap-swimming. And, no: I won’t swim naked. Then I’ll visit the golf course to practice my swing and my putting. Nothing too exciting, but a great way to spend a few hours. Have a nice Monday, friends.

2 thoughts on “Prep school boys, swimming naked; typical Monday for Martin ….

  1. Hi Martin,
    I love checking out your posts, I have been for some time, but this is the first time I’ve replied. Your posts are very interesting.
    I’ve never seen a picture like this one and was very excited to come across it. I began thinking and I wished that, if only for the swimming, that I had been a teen during these times. I wish they still did it today.
    As I zoomed in to the photo to getter a better look at the boys I was mindful of your comment about when this may have been taken. I would have placed it in the late 40’s or early 50’s … mainly because the dude (instructor?) standing at the side of the pool with the whistle around his neck is dressed in shorts and a polo top with a school(?) insignia printed on the front … something more fitting to later times. During the era of 1900-1915 the teacher/instructor would have definitely been dressed more formally and most definitely in in long trousers.

    Love your work buddy

    • Hi, Kriss:

      Thanks for writing; I’m glad you enjoy the site. I think you are right about the photo’s time period. The 1940’s or early 1950’s sounds like a good guess. Ah, the good old days. 🙂

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