Taking a Break from the Summer Heat

The open fire hydrant is a cultural phenomenon that photographers have been capturing for over seventy years.  From Harlem to Hoboken, these iconic images from the ICP collection illustrate the joy of this popular summer pastime.

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Charles PrattHoboken, 1963 (87.199)

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Leonard Freed, The fire hydrants are opened during the summer heat, Harlem, New York, 1967 (404.1981)

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Weegee, [Children playing in water sprayed from open fire hydrant, Upper West Side, New York], 1945 (14498.1993)

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Lou BernsteinN.Y. City, 1977 (27.1992)

Playing in the spray of an open hydrant isn’t just for children:

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Weegee, [Adults and children playing in open fire hydrant on hottest day of year, New York], July 20, 1942 (2394.1993)

Need to cool off?  Fire hydrants can be opened legally in New York City if you have a sprinkler cap.  Your local firefighters will even install one and open the hydrant for you.  Click here for more information.

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One Response to Taking a Break from the Summer Heat

  1. what a great selection of photos and memories of my childhood summers

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