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21 Pictures That Perfectly Capture The Spirit Of Summer

There's no time like summertime!

Posted on June 21, 2018, at 5:14 p.m. ET

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A group of friends plays in the sea at Newquay, Cornwall, 1952.

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A boy enjoys the water from a gushing fire hydrant in New York City's Lower East Side, 1957.

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A crowd of beachgoers at Coney Island, July 1940.

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A father teaches his daughter to swim in Miami, 1996.

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A young boy peeps over beach grass to spy on four sunbathers in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 1993.

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Spectators line the National Mall to view the Fourth of July fireworks display in Washington, DC, in 2000.

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Two men in Jersey City, New Jersey, fish in the Hudson River in front of the World Trade Center, 1980.

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Raymond McNair, 10, cools off at park in New York City, 1997.

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A group of showgirls enjoys ice cream cones while sitting on blocks of ice in 1926.

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A group of kids dives into New York's East River at foot of East 21st Street in 1928.

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A couple sunbathe on West Wittering Beach, England, 1956.

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Actors Nancy Carroll and Doris Hill sunbathe at the beach, circa 1930.

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Annie Gomez and her dog Blondie cool off in the waters near Key Biscayne, Florida, on June 18, 2001.

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Young girls at a community car wash scrub a car in Hope, Arkansas, 1992.

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Two boys with a dog stand outside a hot dog stand in Chicago, 1987.

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A group of kids plays a game of stickball at a schoolyard in Manhattan, 1986.

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People take a spin on the Corkscrew ride at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire, England, 1980.

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A paramedic on duty at the Holborn Oasis swimming pool in London is seen sweating in the July heat, 1964.

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People dancing at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, 1983.

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A group of children plays in the street on a hot summer day in New York City, 1962.

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A young couple embrace on the beach on a summer night at Coney Island, New York, 1946.


Nancy Carroll's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.

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