Vintage Summer Scenes from LIFE Photo Archives

The snaps you are about to see may be monochromes, but that doesn't mean they're not capable of making you want to hit the beach and bask in the sun! Take a look at some vintage summer scenes from the LIFE Photo Archive after the jump!

There’s nothing like a relaxing day by the beach during summertime, which is why people flock to scenic seasides whenever the sunny, cheery season makes its presence felt during the year. If you’re ever curious about what summer scenes were like from many decades ago, we have just the right selection of vintage snaps for you! Below, you’ll find some beautiful black and white photos taken by LIFE photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole, and Hank Walker, showing what typical summer holidays were like back in the days. So, if you’re ready to step back in time and take a look at some classic summer swimwear, fashion, activities, and beach beauties, jump in and flip through the gallery below!

Photos 1-3 by Alfred Eisenstaedt from his Summer On Cape Cod series; 4-6 by Peter Stackpole from his Summer Bathing Suits And Pat Hall series; 7-9 by Hank Walker from his Teenage Summer series. Photos 10-20 by various LIFE photographers. From LIFE Photo Archive hosted by Google.

We certainly think these vintage summer snaps got us wanting to make a run to the nearest beach, but what about you? Tell us what you think of these marvelous monochromes of summers past with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-06-24 in #lifestyle #summer #vintage #peter-stackpole #life-image-archives #beach #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #alfred-eisenstaedt #hank-walker

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