Story: Beach culture

Olympic Youth Club picnic (2nd of 3)

Olympic Youth Club picnic

By the 1950s, it was acceptable for men to bare their chests at the beach, and the woollen trunks were being replaced by synthetic, quick-drying materials. These young men from the Greek community pose on their Chevrolet van, at Paremata Beach in 1959.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Cyprus Community of Wellington Collection
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Jock Phillips, 'Beach culture - Beach culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006