“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.
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.
Brighton Swimming Club, West Sussex, England. c1863 (photo) / Brighton, UK / Prismatic Pictures
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.
Fortune teller, Blackpool promenade, Lancashire (photo), by Alan le Garsmeur
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.