Wisconsin may be well known for cold winters, but summertime in the Badger State can be hot. Lucky for us, the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is located just a short walk from Madison’s Lake Mendota, and decades ago employees took full advantage of the opportunity to cool off in the clear water.
These photos from 1919 show it wasn’t all work and no play at the Lab. Employees participated in swimming matches, with many spectators watching from the banks, cheering them on.
Afterwards, of course, it was time for the workers to dive back into their endeavors of helping to turn the Lab into the powerhouse research facility it is today.