What decade are these vintage pool ads from?

Dive into summer nostalgia with these Bakelite inflatable pools, backyard aboveground extravaganzas and classic TV stars relaxing poolside.

Pools aren’t just a place to relax and have fun. They’re a feeling. A summer vibe. That’s why even soda brands began using pools in their ads decades ago. 

With the expansion of the suburbs in the 1950s, getting a pool was the ultimate completion of the American dream. If you had a pool growing up, your house was the coolest on the block.

Here are vintage ads from the Fifties through the Eighties that bring back memories of splash fights, swim lessons and groovy pool parties. Can you guess what decade each ad is from?

  1. Park your car poolside... what could possibly go wrong?
  2. These celebrities sold 7Up by the pool in the...
  3. Coca-Cola also used pools in ads, like this one from the...
  4. What decade is this ad from?
  5. This inflatable pool was proudly made of Bakelite.
  6. This decade had many things that looked like wood but weren't.
  7. What decade is this suntan lotion ad from?
  8. Barbie threw a groovy pool party in the...
  9. What decade is this relaxing ad from?
  10. This pool was great for the whole family.
  11. When is this Doughboy pool ad from?
  12. If you look closely you might be able to tell when this ad is from.

What decade are these vintage pool ads from?

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RichLorn 1 month ago
No fair! I thought this was going to be a quiz about pocket billiards.
TheSentinel 1 month ago
3/12 - I tried guessing the decade by going by women's hairstyles and other details but kept getting thrown. In any case, this quiz sucks.
UTZAAKE 1 month ago
9/12; 3, 6 and 8.
4. Saw this ad a lot back then.
10. Coleco always means NHL table hockey for me. Those plastic players always seem to break so easily.
bukhrn 1 month ago
9/12, Never paid attention to pool ads as we never had a pool.
Kd55 1 month ago
6/10. So much for pool ad knowledge…
Ready2go 1 month ago
6/12. We had a 2 1/2 foot deep one in the 60s. It was great once the summer heat came.
AgingDisgracefully 1 month ago
As for the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsJ5aYK-S6Y&ab_channel=DireStraitsVEVO
JHP 1 month ago
#10 threw me - don't remember groovy as a saying in the 70's

also LUCKY Don Rickles!
LoveMETV22 JHP 1 month ago
LOL. Groovy was used in the 70's, but "said" to originate in the 1920's.
Other fun words in the 70's were funky, nifty, out of sight. Mr. Rickles should have smiled standing next to Lynda Carter.
Rooster1959 JHP 1 month ago
I know, right? Lynda Carter... My heart can still muster a beat.
JHP Rooster1959 1 month ago
look at her - who needs blue pills? And to top it off I see her as a pleasant kind woman (but who knows?:) Don Rickles and her,,,, NOW that's marketing magic:)
JHP LoveMETV22 1 month ago
ahhhhh you forgot "boss" :)
Pacificsun LoveMETV22 1 month ago
Groovy was also a very Hippie terms used in the Sixties.

And it was probably every other phrase used on Laugh-In!
Michael Rooster1959 1 month ago
Gary Burghoff carried the beat. He was in a band with Linda Carter.
Bubba77511 1 month ago
Dang i blew this one!!!! Got like 4 correct.
texasluva 1 month ago
6 out of 12. Started out like gang-busters. Then all down hill after that. I thought Barbie came out in 50s'-60's. Not that pool though. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me- 6 times Shame Shame Shame 👉🏻🙄😐.
Adanor 1 month ago
"If you look closely you might be able to tell when this ad is from." The print in this ad is minuscule and it is impossible to "look closely." And was it possible to pay $17.99 and $29.99 for large pools back in the 80's?
nd1irish Adanor 1 month ago
Not correct. I’m on my phone and could enlarge the ad to see that it reads “…our 1986 “SP” Spring/Summer Catalog”
LoveMETV22 nd1irish 1 month ago
Or the clickamericana webpage which they might have got the picture from has a larger view LOL.
kozwoman Adanor 1 month ago
I could see the type that it was a 1986 catalog.
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