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Vintage photos that show what going to the beach was like the year you were born

INSIDER Logo By Zoë Miller of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 28:  No summer would be complete without at least one trip to the beach. While people have enjoyed surf and sand for leisure since the 19th century - before that, coastal landscapes were viewed as  a frightening extension of the wilderness -  swimwear and beach-going has undergone a major evolution over the years.  From the knee-length wool dresses Victorian women wore to the seashore to the bikini revolution in the 1940s, here are 27 photos that show what going to the beach was like the year you were born.

No summer would be complete without at least one trip to the beach.

While people have enjoyed surf and sand for leisure since the 19th century - before that, coastal landscapes were viewed as a frightening extension of the wilderness - swimwear and beach-going has undergone a major evolution over the years.

From the knee-length wool dresses Victorian women wore to the seashore to the bikini revolution in the 1940s, here are 27 photos that show what going to the beach was like the year you were born.

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