13 Vintage Photos of Summer Merriment in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 18th 2013 2868 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:

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

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

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

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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.

Safety_Dance

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

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Kids on the carousel at the Fairgrounds (1952):

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

Maywood

Tons of kids, frolicking in a field:

Field_dancing

The Fun Slide at the Raleigh Circus looks pretty fun:

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I want to join this coproate softball team: 

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


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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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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