Sunlite Pool when built was considered
to be the largest recirculating tiled swimming pool in the world and it still retains that distinction. The pool measuring 200 by 401
feet has a capacity of 3,500,000 gallons of water. This water is purified at a
rate of 47,000 gallons an hour in a filtration plant large enough to supply the water requirements of a
city of 250,000 inhabitants. The time frame for these, except for the newer card
at the bottom, range from the thirties thru to the seventies. The depth
of the water ranges from 6" to 10 1/2 feet. The cement floor was 7"
thick and reinforced with steel. There was a half acre of sand plus a balcony
hundreds of feet long where people could sit and watch the bathers. A new
entrance road for cars was constructed using dirt excavated from the site. Water
came from Artesian wells and from the city reservoir at California.
The pool opened on May 22, 1925. McDonald's California Band played at the pool in the afternoon and Moonlite Gardens at night. Three days later the 2nd Island Queen made it's first trip to Coney Island.
1924 Enquirer drawing
The above non-postcard image was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer in August of 1924 (the sea swing was never installed).
Hard to find night scene
Large 6" x 9" card.
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