Many people look forward to spending time at the seaside as summer approaches. It’s a tradition that goes back over a century and has been captured in the following vintage photos. These images show us how people lived at the seaside in the first half of the 20th century. We see women in long skirts and hats, men in suits and ties, and children in their Sunday best. It’s very different from the casual beachwear we wear today. But the photos also show a sense of fun and playfulness. We see people building sandcastles, playing games, and enjoying a day at the beach.
Many of the photos were taken before modern beach culture emerged, and we see people enjoying the sand and sea more naturally. There are no high-rise hotels, no sun loungers, and no crowds. It’s just people enjoying the beauty of the seaside.
So as you pack your bags and head to the beach this summer, remember that you’re part of a long tradition. Look at these vintage photos and appreciate that the seaside has fascinated and delighted generations before us.