Woman holds up children on the beach, 1931.

Kane Khanh | History
May 15, 2024

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There’s nothing like a good old blast from the past.

I love looking at vintage black and white photos. Getting a glimpse of the past can be a fun trip down memory lane, but it can also be good for a few good laughs. So when I saw this collection of weird, vintage beach photos, I was absolutely hooked.

These photos, taken throughout the first half of the twentieth century, reveal two amazing things: people have always loved the beach and people have always had a great sense of humor. I loved checking out all of these fun beach photos, from Marilyn Monroe skiing on the beach with her dog, to pictures where I said to myself with a chuckle, “I don’t know what is going on here.”

Scroll through for a hilarious and weird blast from the past. And with the arrival of summer, you might just try out some of these vintage bathing suits or crazy photo poses yourself!

Which of these great photos is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Women wear large headpieces on Venice beach, 1930s.

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Women dance on the beach in Bournemouth, U.K., 1920s.

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Women pose in a progressive beauty contest on the beach, where they are judged on more than their looks.

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Four young women with their bicycles on the beach, Moruya, New South Wales, ca. 1900

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Women pose with their bicycles on a beach in New South Wales, 1900.

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Woman holds up children on the beach, 1931.

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Marilyn Monroe wears skis and walks her dog, Ruffles, at the beach, 1947.

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People ride a beach buggy on the beach in this vintage photo.

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Man measures woman’s bathing suit length at the beach, 1922.