Back garden and porch of Hungarian-American coal miner’s home, Chaplin, West Virginia, September 1938, by Marion Post Wolcott, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (all three photos).
Dorothy remembers on hot days they would put the sprinkler on and play, as there were no swimming pools. They wore “horrible knitted woollen bathers, they soaked up the water and got heavy and baggy.” The ladder against the tree was to pick apricots “which were so ripe and juicy the juice would run down your chin.”
“Mr. Garrity building a wading pool in the backyard for his children,” Yonkers, New York, 1942, by Arthur Rothstein for U.S. Office of War Information, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.