Question: When were the first above ground pools available to the public?
The first above ground pool was made with galvanized steel pipe by doughboy. The year was 1946 and was one of MANY products that were born in the post WWII affluence America enjoyed. Before that, I guess they used water troughs. The Above Ground Pool did not become popular until the doughboy company innovated flat top ledges and the pool lost it’s “Tank” appearance and became a pool. In all the years between then and now, there have been advances in materials but the idea of a steel walled pool with a vinyl liner remains one of the most popular choices for above ground pools today.