Going to the beach, whether for the day or for
the whole summer, has always provided an opportunity for getting
together with friends and family. Families might gather at a summer
house for a holiday or special occasion. Friends might get together
to rent a cottage or stay together at a summer hotel. Many businesses
ran excursions to beaches and resorts such as Savin Rock for their
employees. Such trips gave workers a welcome opportunity to get
away from the city and relax with their friends and colleagues.
Family at a Beach House
Groton Long Point
or Ocean Beach, ca. 1900
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Owning or renting
a beach house provided an excellent place for family gatherings.
Three generations appear to be included in this group assembled
on the steps of a modest shingled cottage. One of the girls is
the photographers daughter Ada.
Five Men and a Sand Sculpture
on a Beach
New London, 1909
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to have always found ways to amuse themselves at the beach. These
men have buried their friend in their large sand sculpture made
out of damp beach sand.
Man and Woman
on a Boardwalk
New London, 1911
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Men and women
both wore more modest bathing suits in the early 20th century.
While the mans bathing suit looks like underwear, the womans
looks like a short dress with dark stockings. In contrast, a woman
in the background is wearing an ordinary full-length dress, not
intended for bathing.