But this was also cool. My mom showed us the July 2010 issue of Hour Detroit magazine featuring an article about a heat wave in Detroit in July of 1936 (read the article here). Page 41 of the printed magazine displays this picture of “Children swim[ming] at Detroit’s Waterworks Park, July 10, 1936.”
Photo courtesy of Hour Detroit magazine, courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
The little boy at the front of the picture with the cap on holding his swimsuit is someone I know. It’s my grandpa! It’s neat to see my family in the history of Detroit.
I also noticed a couple of bicycles in the photograph leaning against the park bench. They have full fenders and look ready for the stylish, practical Detroiters of the 1930’s to ride!
From the left: the Hubby and me, Grandpa (74 years later) and Grandma, Jim and Mom