A Day at the Beach, 100 years ago

A Day at the Beach, 100 years ago

The Peskett family, from Reading, England, enjoying a seaside day at the beach c.1912-1914.

The bathing suits may have changed a little, but the shovel and pail, and the baby buggy being used as coat and hat holder are timeless.

Source: [Rupert Peskett @ HistoryPin.com]

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6 Responses to A Day at the Beach, 100 years ago

  1. lilyklep says:

    I can’t imagine how warm everyone must and been; and the sand! Everywhere!

  2. Jessica says:

    Lovely picture, but I’ve no idea how they were at a beach in Reading, as it’s right smack in the middle of Southern England, probably a good 50 miles from the sea! Even if it was somehow near the sea, most of the beaches on the Southeast coast are rocky, or a mix of rocks and sand, not nice sandy beaches like that! I think this photo must have been mislabeled at some point…

    • Thanks for pointing this out! You are correct – I wrongly assumed it was along one of the rivers or the closest seaside, but upon re-reading all the clues from the original posting, it seems like it’s a family FROM Reading on their seaside vacation away from home (and the location isn’t clear). Thanks so much for helping me with this!

      • Jessica says:

        No problem! I did a double take when I saw it, because I’ve been to Reading, and I sure didn’t remember a seaside, but I was second-guessing myself, thinking I’d somehow missed it, thus also missing out on the cheesy chips and ice cream that are my usual seaside indulgences! It was a relief to know I hadn’t. 🙂

      • Ha! Well, coming from eastern Canada (where we have mostly cold and rocky beaches) I can now understand why this family looks so happy and relaxed to finally find some sand. 🙂

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