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Summertime And The Livin Is Easy… In Our Archives, That Is

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It’s officially the start of the summer (did you see today’s Google Doodle?) and the longest day of the year – which I always think is a bit of a disappointing juxtaposition. I want the days to get longer and lovelier now, but this is more likely in my little part of the world.

Couple sheltering under an umbrella by the sea, 22 August 1968, Webster, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection

Couple sheltering under an umbrella by the sea, 22 August 1968, Webster, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection

Researching photographs to illustrate Colin’s beach photography posts has put me in the mood for sunny days, lazy picnics, festival shenanigans, ice cream, bike rides, beach holidays and magical walks.

Whether you’re recovering from a heady pilgrimage to Stonehenge to celebrate the Summer soltice, or you’re still planning your summertime adventures, take some time out to enjoy these photographs from the National Photography Collection.

Holiday joys on the beach, 3 September 1937, Reuben Saidman, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Holiday joys on the beach, 3 September 1937, Reuben Saidman, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

River girls at Sunbury-on-Thames, 31 July 1932, Leslie Cardew, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

River girls at Sunbury-on-Thames, 31 July 1932, Leslie Cardew, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Girl with a parasol sitting on a bench, 1908, Etheldreda Janet Laing, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Girl with a parasol sitting on a bench, 1908, Etheldreda Janet Laing, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Boy watching a baby in a deckchair, 6 August 1937, Harold Tomlin  Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Boy watching a baby in a deckchair, 6 August 1937, Harold Tomlin Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Children playing in a fountain, c.1915, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Children playing in a fountain, c.1915, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Under canvas, 1 August 1938, George W. Roper, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Under canvas, 1 August 1938, George W. Roper, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sun bathers at the lido, 14 September 1934, Edward George Malindine, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sun bathers at the lido, 14 September 1934, Edward George Malindine, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Little girl with ice cream, 11 August 1937, Harold Tomlin, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Little girl with ice cream, 11 August 1937, Harold Tomlin, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sing-a-long at the piano for summer campers, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sing-a-long at the piano for summer campers, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Else on a Bench on the Banks of Attersee, Austria, 31 August 1913, Friedrick Adolf Paneth, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum / SSPL

Else on a Bench on the Banks of Attersee, Austria, 31 August 1913, Friedrick Adolf Paneth, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum / SSPL

Sunday in the sun, 9 July 1934, Edward George Malindine, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sunday in the sun, 9 July 1934, Edward George Malindine, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Woman on a beach in sunhat and swimsuit, c.1935, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Woman on a beach in sunhat and swimsuit, c.1935, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Two girls in a garden, 1938, Etheldreda Janet Laing, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Two girls in a garden, 1938, Etheldreda Janet Laing, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Open-topped bus, c.1930, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Open-topped bus, c.1930, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Catching the sun at the open air baths in Blackpool, c.1935, Reuben Saidman, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Catching the sun at the open air baths in Blackpool, c.1935, Reuben Saidman, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sunbathing in the sand, 4 July 1936, James Jarché, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Sunbathing in the sand, 4 July 1936, James Jarché, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Man on roller skates with woman on bicycle, 8 March 1950, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Man on roller skates with woman on bicycle, 8 March 1950, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

The good old summer time, c. 1910, Charles Henry Davis, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum / SSPL

The good old summer time, c. 1910, Charles Henry Davis, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum / SSPL

Oyster stall, c.1930, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Oyster stall, c.1930, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Four children eating ice cream, 7 July 1946, Daily Herald Archive,  National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

Four children eating ice cream, 7 July 1946, Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum Collection / SSPL

The National Railway Museum has a wonderful collection of railway posters, and the summer prints are oh so vintage – go and have a look on the Science and Society Picture Library website.

‘Whitley Bay’, BR poster, 1948-1965, © National Railway Museum / SSPL

‘Whitley Bay’, BR poster, 1948-1965, © National Railway Museum / SSPL

Have a great longest day of the year, everybody.

Written by Emma Thom

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