4 thoughts on “Sellwood Pool, circa 1911

  1. Ab Oregon Journal headline on August 16, 1910 (p. 2) was “SELLWOOD POOL READY FOR USE: Sellwood Park Swimming Pool Will be Opened to Public Thursday Morning.”

    On Wednesdays and Thursdays, a fee of 25 cents would be charged for “the use of the pool, bathing suits, towels and lockers.” On all other days, those would be free! Classes for adults and children were to be offered during the open hours.

    “A few bathing hints have been formed by Park Superintendent Mische as follows: Don’t enter the pool while the body is heated; don’t bathe on a full nor empty stomach… don’t enter the pool before cleansing the body in the showers; do not spit in the pool.” After mention that the pool would be open until 7:30 in the evening, the article says that certain days would be designated for use by males and other days for females.

    By July 30, 1911 The Oregon Journal ran a story on page 13 with three photographs of small crowds in the pool (rather fully dressed), under the headline “Popularity of Sellwood’s Public Swimming Tank Increasing Daily” — “An average of between 500 and 600 persons now use the tank every day…. The park department furnishes towels and swimming suits free.” The pool was open from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. with different periods set aside for the different sexes.

  2. Mrs. Sally Freckleton
    1725 Sherett St.
    Sellwood, OR

    Dear Editor,

    A friend and I much enjoyed the frisky attics of your photographer the other day, when he snapped our photo at the Sellwood Pool. He was very cute and my friend Angela Baritone was quite taken by him. We both think he was most delightful & charming. He takes good photos as well.

    Sally Freckelton

  3. I wonder what prompted the middy blouse fashion of the early part of the 20th century? I have many photos of my grandmother 1905-1920 wearing that same sailor shirt.

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