One hundred years ago this week—July 12, 1896—the first public beach in America, Revere Beach in Boston, opened.  Today, millions flock to thousands of public beaches across the U.S.  Swimmers spread blankets and the sunbathing begins. What do the children bring? Beach balls, plastic buckets and shovels, of course. Vintage beach clothing, beach toys and beach images are a perfect way to preserve that summery, sandy feeling well into other seasons. Here is a look at some of our favorite beach collectibles.

coca-cola tray girl in bathing suit

Coca-Cola tray, Bathing Suit Girl, 1929, $615.  Photo: Jon Dunford, Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.


1965 pinup calendar horlacher brewing company advertising

Advertising pinup calendar, Horlacher Brewing Co., Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1965, lithograph on paper, signed “Arthur Sarnoff on image, 33 x 16 in., $63.  Photo: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers


sand pail hotel the breakers cedar point on lake erie advertising

Advertising sand pail, “Hotel The Breakers,” lithographed tin, pictures a birds-eye view of the hotel at Cedar Point on Lake Erie, woman in period bathing suit and two Curtis Flyers in background, 1910, 5 in., $800.  Photo: Rich Penn Auctions


mens vintage bathing suit swimwear

Men’s wool bathing suit, JCPenney Company, 1920s, $37.  Photo: Denise Ryan Auctions


2 responses to “Vintage Beach Fun: Sand, Sun, Tin Pails and Wool Bathing Suits ”

  1. Hookman says:

    Joe, ask the Kovels if you could post photos of them. I’d like to see them. I bet others would also.

  2. joe0315 says:

    It took me 2 years to amass a collection of 20 sand pails. Mine span pails from 1932 to 1959. They are displayed at our beach house in Lewes, Delaware.

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