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Summer scenes from our photography collection

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As temperatures hit a record high for the year here in Bradford (and everywhere else in the UK), our thoughts have turned to the lazy, hazy days of summer. We’ve delved into our photographic collections to bring you some fabulous visual representations of the hottest season, from the 19th century to the swinging 60s.

Victorian beach scenes, countryside picnics and 1950s sundresses – lie back and relax as we celebrate some of the sunniest summer images from our collection.

Woman in a yellow swimsuit

‘Woman in a yellow swimsuit’ c.1960, Zoltan Glass. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Under Canvas

‘Under Canvas’ 1938, George W. Roper. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Holiday Joys on the Beach

‘Holiday Joys on the Beach’ 1937, Saidman, Daily Herald. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

View of a pier

‘View of a pier’ c.1900, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Woman by a sundial

‘Woman by a sundial’ c.1955, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

River Girls at Sunbury-on-Thames

‘River Girls at Sunbury-on-Thames’ 1932, Leslie Cardew. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Picnic by the Sea

‘Picnic by the Sea’ 1939, Studio Lisa. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Woman in a boat

‘Woman in a boat’ c.1960, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Scenes at the Serpentine Lido

‘Scenes at the Serpentine Lido’ 1935, George Woodbine. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Strawberries

‘Strawberries’ c.1950, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

A Picnic on the Beach

‘A Picnic on the Beach’ 1899, Edgar Tarry Adams. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Woman picking apples

‘Woman picking apples’ c.1938, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Children paddling in the sea

‘Children paddling in the sea’ c.1890, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Boy looking into a garden pond

‘Boy looking into a garden pond’ c.1930, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Family with car and picnic

‘Family with car and picnic’ c.1935, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Paris

‘Paris’ 1937, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Flowers

‘Flowers’ c.1930, unknown photographer. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Pauline in the Dinghy

‘Pauline in the Dinghy’ 1899, Edgar Tarry Adams. © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

If you’d like some summer scenes to adorn your walls, take a look at this range of summer-themed prints available from the Science & Society Picture Library. (And as the weather is bound to turn sooner or later, there’s also an accompanying set of rainy scenes…)

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