A History of Pools and Spas: Timeline

Each year brought new innovations, products and companies to the fold.

 

Company Profiles, Tributes, Milestones

Industry companies share the major events that have shaped their firms — and the industry as a whole.

 

Launch Slideshow

Gallery: Down Memory Lane

Technology may come and go, bringing with it an ever-evolving pool and spa scene. Yet, somehow, the beauty and fun of pools and spas remains the same, decade after decade.

Gallery: Down Memory Lane

Technology may come and go, bringing with it an ever-evolving pool and spa scene. Yet, somehow, the beauty and fun of pools and spas remains the same, decade after decade.

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    Courtesy Doughboy Recreational

    Above It All
    In this 1957 scene, Dad prepares the barbecue as the family cools off in a Doughboy.

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    Courtesy Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

    Celebrity Appeal
    Suzanne Somers (standing), then a little-known actress, was a Jacuzzi spokeswoman in 1971.

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    Courtesy Aqua-Blue Aquatech Pools & Spas

    The More the Merrier
    There is always room for one more in the family hot tub, circa early-1970s.

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    Sexy Shapes
    This early-1980s triangular spa model featured a “body-contoured lounge for two.“

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    Courtesy Watkins Mfg. Corp.

    State of the Art
    Two couples relax in an early portable spa in 1980.

Launch Slideshow

Gallery: An Advertising Blast from the Past

For better or worse, the pool and spa industry has used the allure of women (and a few well-placed puns) to hawk its wares. Here are a few gems that appeared in Pool & Spa News in year’s past.

Gallery: An Advertising Blast from the Past

For better or worse, the pool and spa industry has used the allure of women (and a few well-placed puns) to hawk its wares. Here are a few gems that appeared in Pool & Spa News in year’s past.

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    Up Front
    A&G Filters shows what’s “up front.” (1964)

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    Here’s Looking at You
    Diaclear’s filter tanks are worth a second look. (1981)

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    Feeling Exposed?
    On-Guard wants readers to “expose” themselves to its chemical line. (1975)

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    Girl Power
    Thompson-Hayward sold the stuff with the girl on it. (1975)

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    Drop In
    Imperial Pools invited users to drop in anytime.

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    At Your Service
    Pool Valet offered a “maid to order” product. (1988)

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    Full Bodied
    Acralex wanted the world to know that it was here!

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    Out of This World
    Swimrite felt shape was important for its product. (1970)
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    Getting Attention
    Lochinvar offered topless models... literally. (1970)
 
 

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