1. Competitive sea turtle racing, 1925:

1. Competitive sea turtle racing, 1925:

Animal cruelty was clearly not a thing back then.

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2. Some casual target practice, 1964:

2. Some casual target practice, 1964:

Just having fun!

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3. Enjoying the company of super-futuristic beach robots, 1934:

3. Enjoying the company of super-futuristic beach robots, 1934:

The future looks awesome!

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4. Cruising with your backpack boat propeller, circa 1940:

4. Cruising with your backpack boat propeller, circa 1940:

Totally safe!

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5. Riding a giant, human-sized bottle rocket, 1939.

5. Riding a giant, human-sized bottle rocket, 1939.

Only a slight risk of being blown to pieces.

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6. Enjoying the fun new beach toys on the market, 1929:

6. Enjoying the fun new beach toys on the market, 1929:

Nope. Nope. Nope.

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7. Alligator wrestling, 1939:

7. Alligator wrestling, 1939:

So cute!

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8. If wrestling's not your thing, there are always alligator races, 1965:

8. If wrestling's not your thing, there are always alligator races, 1965:

I guess people really loved alligators back in the day?

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9. And water jousting, 1907:

9. And water jousting, 1907:

Actually, this looks awesome.

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10. The hope of discovering your own secret beach, 1944:

10. The hope of discovering your own secret beach, 1944:

Public beaches are for losers!

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11. Trying out Salvador Dalí's surreal tanning method, 1955:

11. Trying out Salvador Dalí's surreal tanning method, 1955:

This one leaves some pretty weird tan lines.

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12. Teaching your children to swim with a fishing rod, 1926:

12. Teaching your children to swim with a fishing rod, 1926:

The hook part hurts only for a second.

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13. Using a rope contraption to give infants swimming lessons, 1910:

13. Using a rope contraption to give infants swimming lessons, 1910:

You can never start too early, I guess...

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14. No water necessary for swim lessons in 1923:

14. No water necessary for swim lessons in 1923:

Worst. Summer camp. Ever.

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15. Enjoying the company of furry friends by the pool, 1966:

15. Enjoying the company of furry friends by the pool, 1966:

Such a sweet lil baby.

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16. Taking a spin on an aquatic baby grand piano, 1962.

16. Taking a spin on an aquatic baby grand piano, 1962.

Sure, those things float. Right?

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17. Sporting the latest trends in beach fashion, 1925:

17. Sporting the latest trends in beach fashion, 1925:

Smile!

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18. Like aquatic stockings and heels, circa 1915:

18. Like aquatic stockings and heels, circa 1915:

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19. And anti-tanning masks, circa 1950:

19. And anti-tanning masks, circa 1950:

Not creepy at all.

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21. Just make sure your swimsuit isn't too revealing...

21. Just make sure your swimsuit isn't too revealing...

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22. ...because you're likely to attract unwanted attention.

22. ...because you're likely to attract unwanted attention.

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