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.

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.

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France 1909: Children play at the beach.
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United States circa 1945: Child plays in a dinosaur imprint
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United States Circa 1905: Four children squat on rocks at edge of stream.
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England 1925: Little boys playing with a hand-drawn cart made out of a crate in the shallow waters of the River Thames.
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Germany 1947: Two girls fish.
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Germany 1929: Children on a water slide.
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Austria circa 1930: Children playing in the Danube in Klosterneuburg
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London 1932: Children play in the water by the Tate Gallery.
Berlin 1932: Children jump into a pool in the Volkspark of Berlin-Mariendorf.
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United States circa 1935: 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.
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United States 1937: 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.
France 1937: Children swim In the Seine in Paris near the Notre-Dame.
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United States 1937: Children play in a sprinkler from a water hydrant in South Harlem, New York City.
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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.
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Circa 1950: Three children in swimsuits splash around in a paddling pool.
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United States 1952: 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.
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United States 1954: A street hydrant provides an impromptu bath for a group of children when temperatures in New York climb.
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England 1955: Two children playing on Tower Beach, an artificial beach near Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London.
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Circa 1955: A group of boys in swimsuits wave from atop a manmade waterfall.
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England 1956: A young child paddling on Shanklin Beach on the Isle of Wight.
United States circa 1965: Kids play in the water.
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United States 1967: Neighborhood kids use Columbus Circle fountain on Chicago's West Side as a playground and "swimming pool."
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United States 1976: Water from a fire hydrant sprays onto a New York City street.

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