13 Vintage Photos of Summer Merriment in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 18th 2013 3697 0

In honor of Summer (which officially starts on Friday), I spent the morning combing the Memphis & Shelby County Library's digital archives for vintage photos of summertime in Memphis. Here are 13 of my favorites:

The Overton Park Shell, circa 1975:


Proof from the 1970s that Overton Park has always been Overton Park:


Kids on the diving board at the Orange Mound Swimming Pool:


These women (on a ride at the Fairgounds) look like they're having a better time than all of us:


I had to pick this photo because the caption is "The Safety Dance". The Safety Dance was part of the Memphis Street Railway Co.'s "Safety Party" in 1952.


On the other hand, this doesn't look terribly safe:

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Kids on the carousel at the Fairgrounds (1952):


Here's summer at Maywood, the Beach Within Reach, in 1964:


Tons of kids, frolicking in a field:


The Fun Slide at the Raleigh Circus looks pretty fun:


I want to join this coproate softball team: 


Check out more vintage photos of Memphis in the Memphis Public Library's digital archives.

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  1. Renee Wilson says:

    Great photo's!!

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  3. Erinn Figg says:

    Oh my gahhhhhh – that rollercoaster pic! Is that the Zippin Pippin?

  4. Josh says:

    did yall notice the small child with women on the fair ride? Hold on little one!

  5. marjorie says:

    The two ladies on the ride are holding a baby! Yikes.

  6. LOVE the fairground pics, oh my!

  7. Bret says:

    Kerry – can you post some more historical information about Maywood? Everyone I know who grew up here says it was awesome. I got to Memphis in the late 80's and completely missed out on it.  Some history would be appreciated!

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