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Sunny Day on the Beach


ca. 1950

Since the introduction of photography in the mid-19th century, the subject of play has been one of the most photographed. Parents take pictures of their children at play with toys, at public playgrounds, with their animals, and dressed in costume. Adults also photograph each other while vacationing, celebrating a holiday, and during impromptu family gatherings. These photographs record some of the happiest moments of childhood and adulthood; they demonstrate the history and commonality of play in our culture.

OriginDaytona Beach, FL
Object ID109.11169
Credit LineGift of Jay Mechling

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