A Day at the Beach

If you watched any of the specials on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, you probably didn’t feel like going near the water anytime soon.  But now that Shark Week is over, you can relax and enjoy a shark free day at the beach.

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llustration by C.H. Freeman, Ladies Home Journal, September 1913.

Go play in the water…you never know what discoveries you might find.


Advertisement by unknown artist, Pictorial Review, August 1915.

Set out a beach blanket without fear of being trampled on by beachgoers running from the sharks.


Illustration by Jay Barnum, American Magazine, May 1936.

You could set up an umbrella and enjoy the peaceful view.

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Illustration by Robert Andrew Parker, date unknown.

Perhaps, go enjoy an afternoon of sailing.

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Illustration by Edwin Georgi, Vogue, April 15, 1948.

You won’t have to worry about dangling your feet above the water.

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Illustration by Pete Hawley, Saturday Evening Post, May 25, 1946.

At least, not until next year…

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Illustration by Jack Unruh for an advertisement for Walsh, Greenwood Information Systems, 1985.


About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.