“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
– Sam Keen
Summertime has long been the season of fun and relaxation. Driven by the heat to wear fewer clothes and retreat to the sea (or nearest body of water), people find time to read, frolic and find romance.
As this most beloved of seasons arrives, we take a look at our wonderful vintage photography of beach life.
The Victorians can never be accused of being under-dressed in any situation, especially when on the beach. Enjoy these images of Victorians enjoying summertime by the sea.
Summer is the season for romance.Take a look at our selection of love-struck couples on the beach.
Looking good on the beach has always been a major concern throughout the decades. Hems have been progressively getting higher since the modest beach dresses of Victorian times, The group of Victorian gentlemen below were definitely ahead of their time (and our time). Take a look at our vintage beach fashion photographs.
If you build it they will come, but if the sun comes out people will go to the beach instead, and in very large numbers.
Check out these pictures of insanely crowded beaches.
Some people are content with just sunbathing and reading on the beach, some need to come up with inventive ways to keep themselves occupied. Check out this selection of fun beach time activities.
The British seaside has a particular atmosphere of its very own, faded glory combined with extreme optimism. The sun doesn’t come out that often in the UK but that doesn’t stop people from braving the sand and the sea. Get a flavour of the British seaside with this selection of images.
Some called it “Heaven at the end of a subway ride.” Others called it “Sodom by the Sea.” Coney Island in Brooklyn New York is an iconic seaside resort, full of character.
Back in the days before political correctness, beauty contests were all the rage, especially during the summer months. Take a look at these vintage beauties from the archive.
Why surfing? Because surfing is cool. Especially when you can do it while standing on your head. Enjoy our super cool selection of vintage surfer images.
Crying babies, moody teenagers, inclement weather – the family holiday can produce a rollercoaster of emotions in all participants. Yes, they can be stressful but they are also joyous. Enjoy our selection of joyous family holidays on the beach.