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A typical day on the beach under the hot Spanish sun, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, c.1910. Positive in glass taken by my great-grandmother's brother. Any bathing-suits? Anybody sun-bathing? What a difference with any beach on the "civilized" world today. View full size.