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13 Responses to “Then 'Lady Life Guards' of 1940s Brooklyn”

  1. Boundegar says:

    I think this was our grandparents’ idea of pornography.

  2. So basically “Baywatch.”

  3. jimh says:

    War-Era Baywatch.
    In fact, while watching I imagined some Baywatch footage converted to BW, digitally aged, and cut to this VO!

  4. millie fink says:

    Those men lined up right quick for their turn at the Prone Pressure Method. 

  5. PaulDavisTheFirst says:

    “many hours [ … ] to start the victum breathing again” … say what?

  6. millie fink says:

    I had no idea lifeguard training was that rigorous. I wonder if it still is.

    • Rich Keller says:

      From what I remember when I was a kid, the only real dangers the guards at the public pool faced were sunburn and laryngeal polyps from all the yelling. And for some reason, they all called the little boys “Butch.” It has to be tougher working at the sea or the beach of a lake.

      • DisGuest says:

         Butch? I’ve never heard anyone use this term before. What time period was it in and where in the country?

  7. Oliver Crosby says:

    I have to say, I took my lifeguard training about 6 years ago, and this video appears to be significantly more thorough and challenging then what I underwent. Now that I employ lifeguards, I’m often careful about who I pick. There were a lot of people who got certified alongside me who I wouldn’t trust to save a life.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to hire any of the women… Except that they’re all really really old now.

  8. JeffreyMartin360Cities says:

    I guess that 50 years before this, the great innovation was the advent of Irish lifeguards, who previously in the United States were not considered fully human either.

  9. Wm Kiernan says:

    Wow, after the rescue, her hair dried really quick!

  10. jayson says:

    Was this filmed at a “whites-only” beach? 
    Good Lord.

  11. pmocek says:

    The video is already hosted by Internet Archive.  Why send people to view it with YouTube’s advertising?