Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday Flashback -- Orinda Park Pool

This picture was taken in 1953 by Wayne Miller at the Orinda Park Pool.

It IS quilt related. I found Joan Samuelson’s Journal Quilt on her blog Rosegardenquilts (November 2 and November 3, 2007). The quilt is her impression of the Orinda Park Pool. I spent my entire childhood there.

I am the girl holding a coke bottle sitting next to my hunky boyfriend, Jim Anderson. He was the boy who gave me my first serious kiss. Judy Henderson, my neighbor up the hill, is on the right. I don’t know who the woman is, nor do I recognize the small children.

Labels: ,


Blogger Vicky aka stichr said...

oh I have to look for the pool we went to in that area. Mom remembers calling it the "Orinda Pool". Was it like a country club deal?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Tanya Brown said...

My goodness! Mr. Miller is certainly a talented photographer, to put it mildly. Was this a "staged" photo or a candid? I've been sitting here admiring the way he captured a moment in time, the way everyone's eyes are on the young man downing the soda, and how the lines of the pool and the group form a "Z" shape that lead one's eyes through the photo. The lighting is somehow amazing too; everyone has a glow about them.

Thanks for sharing it and some of the details behind it.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Tanya Brown said...

By the way - here's a page with a little history on what I assume is the same pool:

3:24 PM  
Blogger meggie said...

Wonderful photo, & as Tanya says, a moment captured in time.
I went to check out the quilt, & think it a lovely representation.

4:53 PM  
Blogger jpsam said...

This is so cool! I meant to drop you a note to encourage you to post your picture but somehow I've been swamped. What a treasure trove! I'd heard about Wayne Miller. Did you check out the history page on the OPP website? Did you call it OPP back in the day?

Vicky: There are ten pools in the Orinda area. OCC or Orinda Country Club is one. OPP or Orinda Park Pool or just Park Pool is our pool. We have a pool association, now known as the OMPA, which holds one of the biggest recreational swim meets in the country. It was formerly known as the All-Orinda Swim Meet.

5:36 PM  
Blogger blackbearcabin said...

i agree with Tanya...that is one incredible photo...i love it!!! It looks like an advertisement for Coke :)
what fun! thanks for sharing this with us, its a gem!

9:29 PM  
Blogger QuiltingFitzy said...

Did you recognize "your" pool from her journal quilt?

I too love the photograph!

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find
this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand.
It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the
hang of it!

My homepage :: next page

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generally I do not learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very
compelled me to try and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me.
Thanks, very nice article.

Feel free to visit my site view more about

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added"
checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
Thanks a lot!

Also visit my web site; click here

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here
and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
Excellent work!

my web page - know more

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
I'm not very internet smart so I'm not 100% sure. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

Here is my web blog page next
my site: click next

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Write more, thats all I have to say.
Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste
your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog
when you could be giving us something informative to read?
Also see my website - more

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added-
checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment.
There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service?
Many thanks!

My website: next

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are going for finest contents like I do, simply pay a quick
visit this web page all the time since it provides quality
contents, thanks

Also visit my web page view
My website > click here

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is really fascinating, You're an overly skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and stay up for in quest of more of your fantastic post. Additionally, I've shared your
site in my social networks

Also visit my blog post - page next
My webpage - click next

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bookmarked!!, I like your website!

Here is my weblog :: click here

11:22 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home