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40 Vintage Photos Capture People at the Seaside in the First Half of the 20th Century

40 Vintage Photos Capture People at the Seaside in the First Half of the 20th Century

People in the 1930s, particularly as the Depression made other activities more expensive, began to see the beach as a pleasurable and affordable place to visit, with movements against any more socially conservative attempts to prohibit the mixing of sexes in using the beach.
People at the seaside from between the 1920s and 1950s
The 1920s had begun to loosen swimwear rules for women as well, where it became more acceptable for women to expose themselves somewhat more than they could publicly in the 1800s. However, arrests were still common through the 1920s and early 1930s for indecency even when women and men wore long, by modern standards, single-piece swimsuits.
Given the relatively lax attitudes in mainland Europe towards public swimming and particularly women swimming and having relatively less clothing, it might not be surprising that in 1946 the bikini made its public debut in France. Throughout the 1950s, continental Europe began to embrace the bikini, although there was resistance by the Catholic church, with the Pope calling the bikini and some other swimwear as sinful.
Here below is a set of vintage photos from Vintage Cars & People that shows people at the seaside from between the 1920s and 1950s.
A young lady in a light-colored dress posing on a beach on an overcast day. Next to her in the sand, a handbag, a book, and a cloche hat can be seen, circa 1925
A company of six posing with a 1926 Studebaker Phaeton on a beach in wintertime, December 9, 1927
Three fashionable ladies and a freckled boy in a sailor suit posing at the seaside. In the background, the breach is covered with typical German beach chairs (Strandkörbe), 1928
Two cheerful ladies posing with a parasol on a wooden pier overlooking the Baltic Sea, 1928
A fashionable lady carrying a lace parasol and her daughter, holding a doll in her arm, posing on a seaside boulevard in summertime, circa 1930s
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