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Vintage Beach Photos From Days Gone By

Vintage Beach Photos From Days Gone By

A look at simpler times

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Whether strolling old-school boardwalks or flaunting decade-defining fashion, there is something romantic about beach-goers from years past. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia, or longing to gather on warm sunny beaches again. Either way, transport yourself to simpler times with these retro photographs of sunbathers and swimmers.

1900s

1900s

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A vintage photograph of an Edwardian era family relaxing on the beach in Douglas Bay, Isle of Man, circa 1905.

1920s

1920s

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A photograph of a father and his children by a large sandcastle at the beach in the 1920s.

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An antique photograph of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Victorian Era

Victorian Era

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A vintage photograph from the late Victorian or early Edwardian period of a group of young children at the seaside.

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An antique photograph of the seaside town of Southport, England.

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An antique photograph of the seaside town of Hastings, England.

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An antique photograph of the seaside town of Lowestoft, England.

1950s

1950s

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Bathers at a U.S. beach, circa the 1950s.

1930s

1930s

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Two couples standing on a U.S. beach.

1940s

1940s

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A couple playing leapfrog on a U.S. beach.

1930s

1930s

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A woman wearing a bathing suit, sitting by a wall on a U.S. beach, circa the 1930s.

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People walking on a promenade by a seashore.

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A crowd of people on a beach.

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A mother playing in the sand on a beach with a young girl.

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Girls at the seaside.

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A group of surfers on a beach with a Ford Mustang.

1950s

1950s

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Women of the Jehovah's Witness faith community await their baptism on Orchard Beach in New York City in 1958.

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A vintage photo of a mother and daughter on a beach sometime in the ‘50s.

1960s

1960s

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A family of five walking toward a U.S. beach carrying a parasol and picnic treats sometime in the 1960s.

1950s

1950s

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A family on a U.S. beach around the 1950s.

1930s

1930s

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Two women sitting under a parasol at the beach sometime in the 1930s.

1950s

1950s

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Two women drinking soda on a U.S. beach in the 1950s.

1940s

1940s

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Three women standing on a beach, holding hands and smiling in the 1940s.

1960s

1960s

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A mother and father standing in the sea, holding twin boys in the ‘60s.

1960s

1960s

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Adults and children at the ice cream car on the beach of Zandvoort, Netherlands, in 1963.

1960s

1960s

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A man and woman lying on their fronts on the beach, circa 1960.

1960s

1960s

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Kids swimming in the Adriatic Sea on the beach of Rimini, one of the popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast in the ‘60s.

1960s

1960s

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The north beach in the East Frisian Islands in Lower Saxony, Germany, with the famous colorful Borkum beach tents.

1960s

1960s

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An archival photograph of people lining up and diving off a swimming pier on a small beach at a lake in the U.S. in 1965.

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A child and her mother picking up shells.

1930s

1930s

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A young woman lying on the beach with a 1930s swimsuit in Liguria, Italy.

1950s

1950s

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A couple relaxing on a U.S. beach in the 1950s.

1930s

1930s

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A vintage photograph of two men and a young boy at a beach on the Pacific Ocean in 1934.

Victorian Era

Victorian Era

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A vintage 19th-century photomontage of women at the beach being surrounded by seagulls.

1900s

1900s

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A vintage photograph of three young girls paddling in the sea during the Edwardian period.

1960s

1960s

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A pebbly beach does not deter a group of sunbathers from their fun.

Edwardian era

Edwardian era

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A vintage photograph of an Edwardian era family on a day out at the seaside in Knokke, Belgium.

1890s

1890s

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An Atlantic City, New Jersey, beach in 1893.

Edwardian era

Edwardian era

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A vintage photograph of two Edwardian era children playing in the sand at the seaside in Knokke, Belgium.

Edwardian era

Edwardian era

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A vintage photograph of a man looking through a telescope sometime during the late Victorian or early Edwardian period.

1970s

1970s

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A group of young people enjoy a day at a beach in Denmark in 1978.

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Tourists on Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

1950s

1950s

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A man and woman on a sailboat sometime in the 1950s.

1930s

1930s

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Young friends posing and looking at the camera on the beach in Liguria, Italy, in the 1930s.

1930s

1930s

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A young woman on the beach in 1938.

1950s

1950s

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A woman in a swimsuit having a soda in the ‘50s.

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A seaside tourist complex.

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A crowd of people walking along a beach.

1950s

1950s

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A couple on a lake in a paddleboat in the ‘50s.