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25 vintage photos of summer in Vancouver

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Lindsay William-Ross May 27, 2014 4:15 am

Before every trip to the beach included a set of Instagram filtered selfies came decades of black and white photos attesting to the popularity of soaking up the summertime sun in Vancouver.

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We took a trip back to a time before the bikini to find these glimpses of Vancouverites making the most of their summer days.

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The Prize takers, Vancouver, B.C., July 1st 1890 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Bathing beauties at Greer’s Beach, 1898 (Kitsilano Beach) (Photo by William Hunt via Vancouver Archives)

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Second Beach, early 1900s (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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Swimming race at English Bay, early 1900s (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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Diving at English Bay, early 1900s (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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More diving at English Bay, early 1900s (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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Celebrating Dominion Day in North Vancouver, July 1, 1906 (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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People enjoying English Bay, 1907 (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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View of children and adults playing in the water at Kitsilano beach. The North shore is visible in the background. 1920s. (Photo by Philip Timms via Vancouver Public Library)

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Swimmers and watchers at English Bay, 1923 (Photo by Hubert William Lovell via Vancouver Archives)

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Pleasure Pier and diving float at English Bay, 1923 (Photo by Hubert William Lovell via Vancouver Archives)

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Joe Fortes on the beach, 1925 (Photo by Stuart Thomson via Vancouver Archives)

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King Neptune and the “Jantzen Girls” in swim suits pulling a Royal Life Saving float in a Dominion Day parade, July 1, 1925 (Photo by Stuart Thomson via Vancouver Archives)

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View from the water of the beach at English Bay, c.1928 (Photo by James Crookall via Vancouver Archives)

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Kitsilano Beach, July 1928 (Photo by Leonard Frank Photos via Vancouver Archives)

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Burrard Inlet Swim start, July 25, 1928 (Photo by Stuart Thomson via Vancouver Archives)

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Lumberman’s Arch swimming pool at Stanley Park showing Vancouver Sun swim lessons, 1931
(Photo by Leo T. Morris via Vancouver Public Library)

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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 1938 (Photo by Leonard Frank via Vancouver Public Library)

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Stanley Park’s Second Beach Pool, 1940 (Photo by Steffens Colmer and Don Coltman via Vancouver Archives)

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Portrait of four men on a deck at English Bay, 1940s (Photo by Jack Lindsay via Vancouver Archives)

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Children playing at the Second Beach playground pool, 1943 (Photo by Jack Lindsay via Vancouver Archives)

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Summer at Kitsilano Beach, 1947 (Photo by Tommie Waters via Vancouver Archives)

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David Munroe at Lumberman’s Arch Pool, 1952 (Photo by Leon Holt, Province Newspaper via Vancouver Public Library)

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Boy at the beach on the last day of summer, 1952 (Photo by Leon Holt, Province Newspaper via Vancouver Public Library)

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Lindsay William-Ross
Lindsay is a former Daily Hive Food Editor. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she has also lived in Toronto, NYC, and LA.

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