Pool Party

Swimming at the Keiper Long home in the 1920s It’s a hot one out there, folks! And what better way to stay cool and have fun than to get together with your friends and family and jump in a pool? Just look at this group of bathers in their 1920s style swimming suits, hanging out and cooling off at Henry B. Keiper’s pool. Well, except for that one dude in the back that seems to have forgotten his bathing suit. I hope someone gave him a loaner.

Keiper’s home and the pool seen here were part of his property that encompassed the entire 700 block of North Duke Street in Lancaster. The pool was situated near the corner of Duke and Clay streets, at what’s now the site of the Towne House Apartments. Keiper, owner of the Champion Blower and Forge, lived here until his death in 1920. His daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Keiper Long and Charles Long, owned the property until Charles’s death in 1957. Some Lancastrians will remember the home as the Mary Sachs Store, which operated here until about 1970. Others remember it as the law offices it’s been since then.

So as we embrace our first heatwave of the summer season, try to stay cool out there. Go for a much needed swim and be glad that swimming suit fashion and function have come a long way since the Keipers and Longs posed for these photos. Swimming at the Keiper Long home


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