Vintage Summer

Forget about Throwback Thursdays, we could look at vintage summer photos any day of the week! From Coney Island beach life to Las Vegas swim-up casinos, take a look back at summer days of yore.

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World Famous Brazilian Thong
World Famous Brazilian Thong

World Famous Brazilian Thong

When in Rio … wear a thong. On Brazilian beaches it is all about celebrating and showing off the body, especially the rear end. 960 1280

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Bathing Beauties in Miami

Bathing Beauties in Miami

Barely-there bikinis can be seen all over Miami's sun-drenched beaches. 960 1280

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Covered Up in a Burkini

Covered Up in a Burkini

Combining the words “burqa” and “bikini,” the burkini was designed by Lebanese Australian Aheda Zanetti to allow Muslim women to cover their whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, but also be light enough to enable swimming. 960 1280

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Surf's Up in Australia

Surf's Up in Australia

While European men might be more comfortable in a speedo, men from other cultures want a bit more coverage in a swimsuit. Made popular by surf culture, board shorts are a summer staple for American and Australian men … whether or not they know how to surf. 960 1280

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Swimming in Siberia

Swimming in Siberia

Brave members of a local winter swimming club warm up on the bank of the Yenisei River before going for a swim in frigid weather (-13 degrees Fahrenheit!) in the town of Divnogorsk, 24 miles south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  

Sunbathing South of the Border

Sunbathing South of the Border

With white sand beaches and crystal-blue waters, Cancun is a warm-weather getaway for working on your tan year round. 960 1280

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Bikinis With Cuban Flair

Bikinis With Cuban Flair

Bikini-clad women dance in a reggaeton competition during a beach event in Havana, Cuba. 960 1280

REUTERS/Claudia Daut  

Brazilian Cut on Ipanema Beach

Brazilian Cut on Ipanema Beach

Brazilians love their skimpy bikinis almost as much as they love their soccer (futbol). On Rio de Janeiro’s famous Ipanema Beach, you’ll see bodacious Brazilian bods in backside-revealing swimsuits. 960 1280

© Sergio Moraes / Reuters  

Bikinis and Furs in St. Petersburg

Bikinis and Furs in St. Petersburg

It might be freezing in St. Petersburg, Russia, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sunbathe. Just stay warm in a fur coat. 960 1280

REUTERS/Alexander Demianchu  

Ironman Suited for Performance

Ironman Suited for Performance

Not all swimsuits are meant to show off skin. Triathletes competing in Ironman events wear wetsuits for comfort and performance. 960 1280

Caiaimage / Getty Images  

Cultures Blend in Egypt

Cultures Blend in Egypt

It’s a culture clash on the beach in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, northwest of Cairo, as a woman wearing a bikini walks past a woman wearing a traditional hijab, or veil. 960 1280

REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih  

California Girls, Hermosa Beach

California Girls, Hermosa Beach

Nothing says California more than the beach. Female surfers carry the ultimate beach accessory –surfboards – in Hermosa Beach, CA. 960 1280

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Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

Aspen's chilled-out neighbor, Telluride has the perfect recipe for a summer getaway: laid-back culture, outdoor adventures and plenty of summer festivals including its legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The best way to take in the sweeping views: a 3-mile gondola ride. 960 1280

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San Juan Islands, Washington

San Juan Islands, Washington

Summer on Washington's San Juan Islands is idyllic with dry clear days and wildlife- watching galore, including orca whales, which gather near the islands every summer. 960 1280

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Summer Olympics, London

Summer Olympics, London

If you’re the type who needs to be in on the action, then head to London (along with everyone else in the world) for a less-than-quiet summer getaway at the Summer Olympics. Even if you can’t score tickets, you can still soak up the excitement with live broadcasts of Olympic events in locations such as Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Escape to the unspoiled and quiet beaches of Sanibel Island, only 15 miles west of Fort Myers -- but a world away from the rest of Florida's crowded and chaotic coastline. 960 1280

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico’s “secret island,” has neither the high-rise resorts or even the traffic lights of a place like San Juan. So you’ll have the beach to yourself in this national wildlife refuge. And check out the Bioluminescent Bay at night to see glowing microorganisms light up the ocean. 960 1280

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Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Swedes are known for traveling to warmer climates during their cold winters, but in the summer many stay put to enjoy the temperate weather and extra hours of sunlight (the sky doesn't darken until 10 p.m.). Cafés and most attractions stay open to take advantage of the late-night sun. 960 1280

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras

Some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean can be found in Honduras’s Bay Islands, off the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Roatan is the largest of the islands, with butterfly and iguana farms, canopy tours, small villages and idyllic beaches to entice both divers and non-divers alike. 960 1280

Dennis Sabo  

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Don’t forget about America’s smallest state, Rhode Island! While the rest of the US battles record-heat days in summer, Rhode Island stays cool with New England breezes. Head to Newport to sample the legendary seafood -- lobster, lobster and more lobster. 960 1280

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Montreal, Canada

Montreal, Canada

Montreal is full of European charm, but a lot closer and more affordable than Paris. And summer is the best time to go to enjoy the balmy weather, foodie culture and outdoor cafes. 960 1280

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Coast Starlight

Coast Starlight

Leave the car in the garage this summer and board the Coast Starlight, which links the greatest cities on the West Coast -- LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. You’ll ride through spectacular scenery in style, with sleeping cars, fresh cuisine (served on real china and table linens) and a daily tasting of local wines. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gearing up the for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeriro keeps moving up the hotlist of South American tourism. Shedding its reputation as a dangerous city, Rio is claiming more of the spotlight with its stunning beaches and lively culture. 960 1280

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Last summer was Yellowstone. This summer head to Glacier National Park, along Montana’s northern border, for a nature lover’s paradise: dramatic mountains, sapphire lakes and rivers, and unforgettable hiking trails. 960 1280

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bathing suit from around 1895

bathing suit from around 1895

There isn’t one article of clothing in history that has caused more of a stir than the bathing suit. It’s hard to imagine now, but this “bathing costume” from around 1895 was considered scandalous in its day. 960 1280

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In the early 20th century, a crowd at Washington, DC’s Tidal Basin plays a game of water tennis with the Washington Monument in the background. 960 1280

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first Miss America contestants

first Miss America contestants

The first Miss America contestants pose wearing their sashes over swimsuits on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. Pictured here (second from left) is Margaret Gorman, Miss District of Columbia who went on to become that year’s national winner. 960 1280

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Three models pose in swimsuits in a luxury store’s window in London's West End. 960 1280

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Models show off backless bathing and beach costumes at a women's wear exhibition at Dorland Hall on London’s Regent Street. 960 1280

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The first modern-day bikini caused quite a stir when it debuted at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris in 1946. The bikini’s designer, a French automobile engineer named Louis Reard, was unable to find a “respectable” model to wear his bathing suit; the job went to 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. 960 1280

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Elizabeth Taylor in a 2-piece bathing suit

Elizabeth Taylor in a 2-piece bathing suit

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, 15, shows off a frilly 2-piece bathing suit on a beach. 960 1280

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Marilyn Monroe in a 2-piece swimsuit

Marilyn Monroe in a 2-piece swimsuit

Marilyn Monroe reclines on patio furniture in the early 1950s, wearing a 2-piece swimsuit accented by Lucite heels and bangle earrings. 960 1280

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Brigitte Bardot sits on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival

Brigitte Bardot sits on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival

French actress Brigitte Bardot sits on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. 960 1280

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A group of gymnastic-loving men, women and children pose in swimsuits at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, CA, in 1956. 960 1280

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American actress and singer Debbie Reynolds is seen here wearing a 2-piece swimsuit on a beach in the mid-1950s. 960 1280

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Elvis Presley, dressed in swimming trunks, exchanges a passionate kiss with bikini-clad American actress Joan Blackman in a still from the 1961 musical film Blue Hawaii. 960 1280

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Actress Audrey Hepburn, clad in a swimsuit, gracefully settles into a swimming pool in Saint-Tropez during filming of the 1967 film Two for the Road.. 960 1280

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French bombshell Brigitte Bardot wears a bikini in a boat near Saint-Tropez, France, in 1968. 960 1280

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

American actress Raquel Welch films a scene from One Million Years B.C. in 1966. 960 1280

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These 3 women model bikinis on a London street in 1975. 960 1280

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A promotional shot of British actor Roger Moore (as James Bond) surrounded by female palace guards in bathing suits in the 1983 film Octopussy. 960 1280

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Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro

Young women sunbathe on Brazil's iconic Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro around 1990. 960 1280

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Britney Spears performs on stage at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards

Britney Spears performs on stage at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards

Britney Spears performs on stage at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City in what could be described as a very bold bikini 960 1280

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2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

A model wears a swimsuit during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Nov. 7, 2012, in New York 960 1280

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Miss America 2013 pageant

Miss America 2013 pageant

Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson competes in the swimsuit competition during the Miss America 2013 pageant in Las Vegas. 960 1280

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World Famous Brazilian Thong

World Famous Brazilian Thong

When in Rio … wear a thong. On Brazilian beaches it is all about celebrating and showing off the body, especially the rear end. 960 1280

Photodisc / Getty Images  

Bathing Beauties in Miami

Bathing Beauties in Miami

Barely-there bikinis can be seen all over Miami's sun-drenched beaches. 960 1280

Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Covered Up in a Burkini

Covered Up in a Burkini

Combining the words “burqa” and “bikini,” the burkini was designed by Lebanese Australian Aheda Zanetti to allow Muslim women to cover their whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, but also be light enough to enable swimming. 960 1280

iStockPhoto  

Surf's Up in Australia

Surf's Up in Australia

While European men might be more comfortable in a speedo, men from other cultures want a bit more coverage in a swimsuit. Made popular by surf culture, board shorts are a summer staple for American and Australian men … whether or not they know how to surf. 960 1280

Moment / Getty Images  

Swimming in Siberia

Swimming in Siberia

Brave members of a local winter swimming club warm up on the bank of the Yenisei River before going for a swim in frigid weather (-13 degrees Fahrenheit!) in the town of Divnogorsk, 24 miles south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  

Sunbathing South of the Border

Sunbathing South of the Border

With white sand beaches and crystal-blue waters, Cancun is a warm-weather getaway for working on your tan year round. 960 1280

REUTERS/Stringe  

Bikinis With Cuban Flair

Bikinis With Cuban Flair

Bikini-clad women dance in a reggaeton competition during a beach event in Havana, Cuba. 960 1280

REUTERS/Claudia Daut  

Brazilian Cut on Ipanema Beach

Brazilian Cut on Ipanema Beach

Brazilians love their skimpy bikinis almost as much as they love their soccer (futbol). On Rio de Janeiro’s famous Ipanema Beach, you’ll see bodacious Brazilian bods in backside-revealing swimsuits. 960 1280

© Sergio Moraes / Reuters  

Bikinis and Furs in St. Petersburg

Bikinis and Furs in St. Petersburg

It might be freezing in St. Petersburg, Russia, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sunbathe. Just stay warm in a fur coat. 960 1280

REUTERS/Alexander Demianchu  

Ironman Suited for Performance

Ironman Suited for Performance

Not all swimsuits are meant to show off skin. Triathletes competing in Ironman events wear wetsuits for comfort and performance. 960 1280

Caiaimage / Getty Images  

Cultures Blend in Egypt

Cultures Blend in Egypt

It’s a culture clash on the beach in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, northwest of Cairo, as a woman wearing a bikini walks past a woman wearing a traditional hijab, or veil. 960 1280

REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih  

California Girls, Hermosa Beach

California Girls, Hermosa Beach

Nothing says California more than the beach. Female surfers carry the ultimate beach accessory –surfboards – in Hermosa Beach, CA. 960 1280

Image Source / Getty Images