summer tubing party: out-there al fresco entertaining

members of the Seattle Tubing Society 1953

This photo of members of the Seattle Tubing Society in full float made us WANT to be invited to a tubing party. If we were near a river or lake, we’d give one ourselves…What could be more delightful than lazily bobbing along with friends on a warm summer day? It seems that tubing parties were quite a thing in the forties and fifties…

…dig this flotilla of happy souls…

vintage summertime pictures

photo: alfred eisenstaedt/life magazine

…we love this clever table around which to play cards and sip wine…

vintage summertime photos

photo: alfred eisenstaedt/life magazine

…wonder what tune she’s playing…

vintage summertime photos

photo: alfred eisenstaedt/life magazine

vintage summertime photos

photo: alfred eisenstaedt/life magazine

vintage summertime photos

photo: alfred eisenstaedt/life magazine

To make it extra-easy, you can buy auto inner tubes at Amazon.

First photo via blackandwtf via via Burt Glinn and dreams like that; additional photos via Retronaut 

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One Response to summer tubing party: out-there al fresco entertaining

  1. Harriet Bell 05.24.2012 at 9:12am #

    We went tubing on the Esopus River in the Catskills a few summers back. The river was running “fast,” as they say. I loved the rush and thrill of bouncing over rocks and trying to steer clear of rough patches. And getting soaked. My friends were less than excited about the trip. Call me anytime to go tubing!

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