17 Wonderful Photos Showing Fun at Rockaway Beach, New York, 1950

Rockaway Beach is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens. The neighborhood is bounded by Arverne to the east and Rockaway Park to the west. It is named for Rockaway Beach, which is the largest urban beach in the United States, stretching for miles along the Rockaway PeninsulaContinue reading “17 Wonderful Photos Showing Fun at Rockaway Beach, New York, 1950”

19 Wonderful Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s

Back in 1947, when LIFE accompanied 10,000 young men and women to Balboa Beach in Southern California for spring break, the shenanigans wouldn’t have scored any higher than a PG rating. Daylight brought beachside dancing, boat races, beauty pageants and sunbathing. The evening hours found students aglow in the warmth of bonfires as portable radiosContinue reading “19 Wonderful Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s”

36 Vintage Photos of Women in Bathing Suits During the 1910s

Despite opposition from some groups, the form-fitting style proved popular. It was not long before swimwear started to shrink further. At first arms were exposed and then legs up to mid-thigh. Necklines receded from around the neck down to around the top of the bosom. The development of new fabrics allowed for new varieties ofContinue reading “36 Vintage Photos of Women in Bathing Suits During the 1910s”

20 Vintage Photos of Venice Beach, California during the 1930s

Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. It was founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town and was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk,Continue reading “20 Vintage Photos of Venice Beach, California during the 1930s”

34 Vintage Photos of People Having Fun on Deauville Beach in France during the Early 20th Century

Deauville is a seaside resort on the Côte Fleurie of France’s Lower Normandy region. An upscale holiday destination since the 1800s, it’s known for its grand casino, golf courses, horse races and American Film Festival. Its wide, sandy beach is backed by Les Planches, a 1920s boardwalk with bathing cabins. The town has chic boutiques,Continue reading “34 Vintage Photos of People Having Fun on Deauville Beach in France during the Early 20th Century”

30 Wonderful Vintage Photos That Show Beautiful Beach Fashions of the Early 1950s

Known internationally as a photographer of social justice issues, Gordon Parks was also a celebrated fashion photographer for magazine such as LIFE, Vogue and Glamour. In 1940, at the age of 28, Gordon Parks walked into Frank Murphy’s fashion department store in St. Paul, Minnesota. A self-taught photographer with no formal experience in fashion work,Continue reading “30 Wonderful Vintage Photos That Show Beautiful Beach Fashions of the Early 1950s”

44 Vintage Photographs of Bathing Machines From the Victorian Era

The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, possibly change into swimwear and then wade in the ocean at beaches. Bathing machines were roofed and walled wooden carts rolled into the sea. Some had solid wooden walls; others had canvasContinue reading “44 Vintage Photographs of Bathing Machines From the Victorian Era”

19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s

Back in 1947, when LIFE accompanied 10,000 young men and women to Balboa Beach in Southern California for spring break, the shenanigans wouldn’t have scored any higher than a PG rating. Daylight brought beachside dancing, boat races, beauty pageants and sunbathing. The evening hours found students aglow in the warmth of bonfires as portable radiosContinue reading “19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s”