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Before the Bikini: Rare Vintage Beach Photos

  • A group of young children walking hand in hand by the sea
  • A woman swings a child on the beach at Bridlington, Humberside, England
  • A young woman emerges from her bathing machine dressed for the beach at Ostend, a Belgian city
  • Actor Neil Hamilton is seen outside his Malibu beach cottage
  • Actress Joan Crawford playing on the beach with fellow star Dorothy Sebastian
  • An officer from the West Palm Beach police force is seen measuring a woman's bathing suit to ensure that it conforms with regulations introduced by beach censors
  • Bathers at Ostend in Belgium
  • Bathing belles on the beach at Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  • Bathing belles paddling at Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  • Bathing suits hung out to dry
  • Beach goers having fun in Canvey Island, Essex
  • Holiday makers have a piggy back race on the beach at Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight
  • Holidaymakers enjoy mixed bathing at Southsea, in the sea with a line of bathing machines along the shore
  • Two bathers relax outside their hut, in the background is the horse which drags the huts to and from the waters edge
  • Two children sleeping on a beach
  • Two women are seen using a skreenette at the beach
  • Two women in swimwear amuse themselves by taking photographs
  • Two young girls on Brighton beach, about to have a cigarette
  • Victorian bathing belles relax on the beach at Paris-Plage
  • Young women play cricket on the beach at Swansea

By the early 1900s, beach resorts were becoming a popular destination. But water activities such as swimming and diving were a burden due to the bulky Victorian-style swimsuits, especially for the women, the magazine reports. Check out these rare vintage beach photos showing how people used to relax.

1. Bathers at Ostend in Belgium, 1911.

Bathers at Ostend in Belgium

2. Holidaymakers enjoy mixed bathing at Southsea, in the sea with a line of bathing machines along the shore, 1900.

Holidaymakers enjoy mixed bathing at Southsea, in the sea with a line of bathing machines along the shore

3. Two bathers relax outside their hut, in the background is the horse which drags the huts to and from the water’s edge, 1909.

Two bathers relax outside their hut, in the background is the horse which drags the huts to and from the waters edge

4. Bathing suits hung out to dry, 1909.

Bathing suits hung out to dry

5. Beach goers having fun in Canvey Island, Essex, 1922.

Beach goers having fun in Canvey Island, Essex

6. Victorian bathing belles relax on the beach at Paris-Plage, 1915.

Victorian bathing belles relax on the beach at Paris-Plage

7. Bathing belles on the beach at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 1919.

Bathing belles on the beach at Southend-on-Sea, Essex

8. Bathing belles paddling at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 1919.

Bathing belles paddling at Southend-on-Sea, Essex

9. Two women in swimwear amuse themselves by taking photographs, 1900.

Two women in swimwear amuse themselves by taking photographs

10. A young woman emerges from her bathing machine dressed for the beach at Ostend, a Belgian city, 1911.

A young woman emerges from her bathing machine dressed for the beach at Ostend, a Belgian city

11. Young women play cricket on the beach at Swansea, 1910.

Young women play cricket on the beach at Swansea

12. Two young girls on Brighton beach, about to have a cigarette, 1910.

Two young girls on Brighton beach, about to have a cigarette

13. Holiday makers have a piggy back race on the beach at Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight, 1928.

Holiday makers have a piggy back race on the beach at Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight

14. Actress Joan Crawford playing on the beach with fellow star Dorothy Sebastian, 1927.

Actress Joan Crawford playing on the beach with fellow star Dorothy Sebastian

15. Two women are seen using a ‘skreenette’ at the beach, 1929.

Two women are seen using a skreenette at the beach

16. A group of young children walking hand in hand by the sea, 1928.

A group of young children walking hand in hand by the sea

17. Actor Neil Hamilton is seen outside his Malibu beach cottage, 1926.

Actor Neil Hamilton is seen outside his Malibu beach cottage

18. Two children sleeping on a beach, 1926.

Two children sleeping on a beach

19. An officer from the West Palm Beach police force is seen measuring a woman’s bathing suit to ensure that it conforms with regulations introduced by beach censors, 1929.

An officer from the West Palm Beach police force is seen measuring a woman's bathing suit to ensure that it conforms with regulations introduced by beach censors

20. A woman swings a child on the beach at Bridlington, Humberside, England, 1936.

A woman swings a child on the beach at Bridlington, Humberside, England

Source: gettyimages

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