23 Vintage Photos That Show What Summer Fun Looked Like Before The Internet

23 Vintage Photos That Show What Summer Fun Looked Like Before The Internet

No matter how many apps are available to kids today, summertime fun remains at its core about one thing: cooling off under the blazing sun. As these vintage photos from early 1900s to the 1970s show, nothing compares to the Internet-free experience of jumping into the water and splashing around with your friends. Play on, kids.

France 1909: Children in the beach. The Great Paving stones ( the Maritime Seine). (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
Circa 1945: Child Playing In A Dinosaur Imprint In U.S. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
United States circa 1905: Four children squat on rocks at edge of stream, mountains in background. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
June 6, 1925: Little boys playing with a hand-drawn cart made out of a crate in the shallow waters of the River Thames. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Germany: Weekend; two girls fishing, 1927 (Photo by Ludwig Boedecker/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Children on a water slide at the Wannsee, 1929. Published by: 'Berliner Morgenpost' (Photo by Alfred Gross/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Austria circa 1930: Children are playing in the Danube Lido. Klosterneuburg. Lower Austria. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)
August 10, 1932: A heat wave incident outside the Tate Gallery, children who found the water cart being filled a great attraction. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Summer delight at outside temperatures of 30 degrees celsius in Berlin: children jump into a pool in the Volkspark (urban park) of Berlin-Mariendorf - 1932 - Published by: 'Berliner Morgenpost' 26.07. (Photo by bpk/Willy Römer/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
A signboard saying 'Senators only' near a fountain in the gardens of Washington's Capitol suggests that only senators are allowed to bathe here. As this is not the case, children of the capital are floundering about in the water. Around 1935. (Photo by Austrian Archives)
A young girl plays under the spraying water of a special shower constructed in the street and connected to a fire hydrant on a hot Summer's day as adults and other children look on, July 19, 1937. (Photo by Charles Fenno Jacobs/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
France - August 07: Children Swimming In The Seine In Paris, Near Notre-Dame, On August 7, 1937. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Children play in a sprinkler from a water hydrant, South Harlem, New York, New York, August 8, 1937. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Circa 1947: A boy stands in a metal washtub filled with water, wincing as another boy sprays him with a water hose outdoors in a yard. Both wear swim trunks. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Three children in swimsuits splash around in a paddling pool, circa 1950. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Pint-sized skippers blow their sailboats along a 20-ft. course in the wading pool of a Children's Aid Society center in New York, July 30, 1952. Six-year-old James De Crescenze, second from right, won the annual "Bathtub Regatta" by a blow. He was named "Coxswain of the Year (Peanut Class)." Left to Right : John Giovanetti, aged nine; Carl Cunningham, six ; James De Crescenze, and Paul Rogina, six. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi)
July 17, 1954: A street hydrant provides an impromptu bath for a group of children when temperatures in New York climb above the 90's. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Two children playing on Tower Beach, an artificial beach near Tower Bridge on the River Thames, London, August 31, 1955. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Circa 1955: A group of boys in swimsuits wave from atop a manmade waterfall. (Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)
July 1956: A young child paddling on Shanklin beach on the Isle of Wight. Original Publication: Picture Post - Summer Holidays. (Photo by Joseph McKeown/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Circa 1965: Fresh Pump Water In The Street During Summer In U.S. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Neighborhood kids use Columbus Circle fountain on Chicago's West Side as a playground and "swimming pool," July 7, 1967. (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock)
Water from a fire hydrant sprays onto a New York City street, USA, June 12, 1976. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)

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