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.

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17 Comments:

Blogger Vicky aka stichr said...

oh geez...now 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:

http://www.orindaparkpool.org/history.html

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...

Christine:
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!
cheers~
lisajo

9:29 PM  
Blogger QuiltingFitzy said...

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

I too love the photograph!

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