Beach Photos From Days Gone By

Beach Photos From Days Gone By

Let the sun shine in

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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.

2013

2013

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A boy plays in the waves at Rockaway Beach during a heat wave in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 

1941

1941

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VFilm actor Kirk Douglas and the Indian actress Mehtab rest at the Lido beach in 1953 during the Venice Film Festival.

1998

1998

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A dancer drinks from a coconut during a drummers' jam session in Venice Beach.

2013

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A couple sunbathes at Rockaway Beach during a heat wave on July 17, 2013 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

2011

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Two men build a turtle sand sculpture at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California, as crowds escape a heat wave.

2011

2011

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A girl sits in a wading pool at Santa Monica beach in Santa Monica, California, as crowds escape a heat wave.

2011

2011

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A boy plays in the water at Ocean Beach on June 21, 2011, in San Francisco on the first day of summer as the San Francisco Bay Area experiences its first heat wave of the season.

2006

2006

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A young boy cools off in shallow water at Crissy Fields in San Francisco.

2006

2006

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A group of young boys play in the water at Crissy Fields in San Francisco.

2005

2005

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Ice cream vendors push their carts on a beach along Lake Michigan July 24, 2005, in Chicago as extreme hot weather hits.

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

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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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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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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A seaside tourist complex.

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A crowd of people walking along a beach.

1956

1956

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Anthony Biddle supports the 186-pound weight of Will Lambert standing on his stomach on the beach at Palm Beach, Florida. 

2001

2001

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Visitors gather on a Coney Island pier September 2, 2001, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 

2002

2002

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Jenny Chen (L), Fanny Ya (C) and Chen Lin (R) play in the waves on Coney Island beach May 27, 2002, in Brooklyn, New York.

2002

2002

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Travis Sasser, 10, jumps over a wave as Corey Gamble, 13, stands by on Coney Island beach May 27, 2002, in Brooklyn, New York. 

2001

2001

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Two beach-goers wade into Lake Michigan along Chicago''s lakefront July 24, 2001, as a lifeguard keeps watch from her boat.