Cat-Shaped Pool

Swimming Pools of Yore

Because before SPF was a thing, before staying hydrated was a thing, there was just the pool. A celebration.

Because Everyone's Watching; Miami, 1959 Hank Walker Because Everyone's Watching; Miami, 1959 Because the Umbrella Stand Keeps Your Drinks Cold; Palm Beach, 1961 Slim Aarons/Getty Images Because the Umbrella Stand Keeps Your Drinks Cold; Palm Beach, 1961 Because It's Better Under Water; Las Vegas, 1955 Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Because It's Better Under Water; Las Vegas, 1955 Because You Never Know Who You Might Meet; Lake George, New York, 1965 Aladdin Color Inc/Getty Images Because You Never Know Who You Might Meet; Lake George, New York, 1965 Because the Color of the Umbrellas, Part I; Beirut, 1965 Carlo Bavagnoli/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Because the Color of the Umbrellas, Part I; Beirut, 1965 Because the Color of the Umbrellas, Part II; Tel Aviv, 1971 Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images Because the Color of the Umbrellas, Part II; Tel Aviv, 1971 Because You Can Hear Every Splash from Your Bedroom; New Jersey, 1965 Aladdin Color Inc/Corbis via Getty Images Because You Can Hear Every Splash from Your Bedroom; New Jersey, 1965 Because the Kiddle Pool Has a Color All Its Own; Ocean City, 1965 Aladdin Color Inc/Getty Images Because the Kiddle Pool Has a Color All Its Own; Ocean City, 1965 Because It's Close to the Ocean; Miami, 1955 Slim Aarons/Getty Images Because It's Close to the Ocean; Miami, 1955 Because Nobody Cares if You Pose; Bass River, Massachusetts, 1965 Aladdin Color Inc/Getty Images Because Nobody Cares if You Pose; Bass River, Massachusetts, 1965 Because It Glows in the Dark; 1960 Aladdin Color Inc/Corbis via Getty Images Because It Glows in the Dark; 1960 Because the Beach Balls Match the Doors; Arca, New York, 1965 Aladdin Color Inc/Getty Images Because the Beach Balls Match the Doors; Arca, New York, 1965 Because Poolside, You Can Dress it Up or Dress it Down; the Catskills, 1960 Aladdin Color Inc/Corbis via Getty Images Because Poolside, You Can Dress it Up or Dress it Down; the Catskills, 1960 Because There's . . . a Dome? Washington, D.C., 1963 Yale Joel Because There's . . . a Dome? Washington, D.C., 1963 Because It's Where Memories Are Made; Las Vegas, 1953 Gene Lester/Getty Images Because It's Where Memories Are Made; Las Vegas, 1953