Story: Beach culture

A sun bath, 1920 (1st of 2)

A sun bath, 1920

For much of the 20th century, a fashion for tanned skin and a belief in the benefits of sunshine encouraged New Zealanders to sit or lie on the beach in the sun, exposing much of their bodies. Here Nancy and Clyde Adkin, children of the photographer, George Leslie Adkin, sit naked on a blanket at Plimmerton Beach.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: A.005711
Photograph by George Leslie Adkin

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Jock Phillips, 'Beach culture - Beach culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006