The original Maplewood Pool and bath house opened in 1938. This was also the first year of the Maplewood Swimming Carnival and Beauty Pageant. The folks in charge obviously got right down to business.
Known today as the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center, it is the place to be on these steamy summer days. Perhaps if I’d spend a bit less time there I’d be able to get more of these history posts out. Nah.
The original plaque showing the construction beginning in 1936 and finishing in 1938. Interestingly this is a WPA project as most folks are aware. The high school next door, however, is a PWA (Public Works Administration) project as was pointed out to me by county historian Esley Hamilton.
As this Globe-Democrat article from August 4, 1940 explains, the Swimming Carnival must have begun the very first year the facility was open for business. That’s hitting the ground running. (Sorry, couldn’t think of a swimming metaphor.)
These newspaper clippings are courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
The bathing beauties. Their identities are next to the following image.
Undated staff photo. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.
Ditto. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.
A copper printing block from the Kalb collection. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.