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Seeing Wonderful Cape Cod Beach Photos from 1940 Is Like Going Back in Time

Back in the old days, a trip to the beach might involve a few blankets on the sand, some Coca Cola in glass bottles, and definitely some sunbathing sans sunscreen. The beach at Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1940 became quite the busy spot when bus service to the beach made it more accessible for folks, though there were plenty of cars, too.

Have a look at what Farm Security Administration photographer, Edwin Rosskam, saw at the beach in August of 1940, where the “lack of bath houses causes a great deal of picturesque dressing and undressing in and behind parked cars.”

Stretching or gymnastics in the sunshine. Via/ Library of Congress

It’s hard to tell what’s more interesting: the cars or the bathing suits! Via/ Library of Congress

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