A Salute to Summer

Americans have a unique way of celebrating the summer, whether we're exploring places near and far, invading the beach and boardwalk or watching our favorite baseball team. Explore some Bridgeman collections rich in Americana and summer themes.

Tourists taking scenic photographs from the rear observation platform of a Union Pacific train, 1910 / Peter Newark American Pictures / Bridgeman Images
For all things American, Peter Newark American Pictures is an unparalleled collection of nearly 4,000 images of people, historical events and cultural iconography. Peter Newark is a great resource for early car and train travel. For vintage advertisements and nostalgia, take a closer look at DaTo Images and The Advertising Archives. American artists such as Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper painted atmospheric coastal landscapes and town life. Contemporary artist, Max Ferguson, paints photo realistic depictions of Coney Island’s retro-fabulous decay while Sarah Butterfield paints colorful images of the beach. If you are interested more generally in leisure and American life, historical societies such as New-York and Southern Florida offer visual stories of how we used to live. Have a look at some of our favorite summertime images below
Bathing Beauties, 1924 (b/w photo), American Photographer/ © HistoryMiami, Florida, USA / Bridgeman Images


Wonder Wheel (Coney Island) 2002 (oil on panel), Max Ferguson / Bridgeman Images


Wawona Big Tree and Auto, 1919 (b/w photo) / DaTo Images / Bridgeman Images


Poster advertising flights to Europe on the Flying Clipper, produced by Pan American Airlines, c.1949 (colour litho) Mark von Arenburg / DaTo Images / Bridgeman Images


Spalding's Baseball Guide, 1895 (colour litho), American School, (19th century) / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA / Bridgeman Images


Bleacher Kid, S. Georgia, 2006 (b/w photo) / Private Collection / © James Galloway / Bridgeman Images


Dancing at Ollie Trout's Trailer Park, Florida, 1940s (b/w photo) / © HistoryMiami, Florida, USA / Bridgeman Images


Magazine illustration, 1950s (colour litho), Robert Hilbert / © The Advertising Archives / Bridgeman Images


The Watermelon Boys, 1876 (oil on canvas), Winslow Homer (1836-1910) / Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, NY, USA / Photo © Boltin Picture Library / Bridgeman Images



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