Tuesday, July 5, 2016

From AbeBooks: Off the Deep End



Swimming15-225We can't think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than splashing through these vintage books dedicated to the art of swimming and diving. The techniques may be dated, we can't help but fall in love with the covers depicting swimmers, divers and swimming techniques from yesteryear.Although the covers are enough to warrant buying any one of these books, it's not likely that parents will be purchasing them to teach their children to swim.

Several of the featured books were written by Sid G. Hedges (1897 – 1974), a prolific author focused on books and articles geared towards young people. Some of Hedges' most popular titles include: Swimming: How to Succeed (1950), Crawl & Butterfly Swimming (1954) and The Book of Swimming and Diving (1938).

How to Swim, by Captain Davis Dalton - the oldest instructional book on this list, was written in 1899. Dalton was an accomplished long distance swimmer and chief inspector of the U.S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps. Some reports state that he rescued over 200 people from drowning - unfortunately, Dalton died from drowning while participating in an exhibition of swimming in Far Rockaway, NY. Dalton had two sons who were also swimming aficionados and wrote their own instructional books, including Swimming Scientifically Taught: A Practical Manual for Young and Old.

Cool off with this delightful selection of vintage swimming books. --Julie Oreskovich, AbeBooks.com Editor

 

 

Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks
Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks
Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks
Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks
Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks Vintage swimming titles from AbeBooks

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