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A Summer Activity time Can't Touch By William Holt

With temperatures soaring and summer well underway, countless Americans will be spending their Independence Day weekend at the beach. Here we revisit some classic images from the turn-of-the-century to the 1930's of vacations by the sea, from Coney Island to Santa Monica.
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21 Aug 2013 12:32:00
A clown checks her phone as she waits outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Monday, December 14, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)

A clown checks her phone as she waits outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Monday, December 14, 2015. Hundreds of clowns belonging to various clown associations made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica on Monday to pay their respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)
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16 Dec 2015 08:05:00
A herdsman stands on the back of a grey bull during a ceremony of driving sheep from their winter habitat to their summer pasture in the puszta or Hungarian steppe of Hortobagy, 183 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 23 April 2016. Sheep are traditionally driven to their summer pasture at around St. George's Day in the Hortobagy region, because livestock breeding people traditionally consider St. George's Day the beginning of spring. (Photo by Zsolt Czegledi/EPA)

A herdsman stands on the back of a grey bull during a ceremony of driving sheep from their winter habitat to their summer pasture in the puszta or Hungarian steppe of Hortobagy, 183 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 23 April 2016. Sheep are traditionally driven to their summer pasture at around St. George's Day in the Hortobagy region, because livestock breeding people traditionally consider St. George's Day the beginning of spring. (Photo by Zsolt Czegledi/EPA)
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24 Apr 2016 09:27:00
Indian tourists walks during heavy snowfall by Dal Lake in Srinagar on January 6, 2017. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)

Indian tourists walks during heavy snowfall by Dal Lake in Srinagar on January 6, 2017. The sub-zero temperatures has frozen many water bodies in Kashmir and even drinking water taps have frozen at some places. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)
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09 Jan 2017 12:32:00
Various kinds of pumpkins, out of some 400 on display grown this season, are seen on sale at Franzlbauer farm in Hintersdorf, Austria, October 27, 2015. (Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)

Various kinds of pumpkins, out of some 400 on display grown this season, are seen on sale at Franzlbauer farm in Hintersdorf, Austria, October 27, 2015. (Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)
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30 Oct 2015 08:04:00
Reflected in an ornament, a reporter takes a photo of the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room during a media preview of the holiday decor at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 29,  2016. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Reflected in an ornament, a reporter takes a photo of the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room during a media preview of the holiday decor at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2016. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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01 Dec 2016 11:38:00
Remarkable discoveries were made, like the decapitated head of a bronze statue of Roman emperor Augustus, sacked from a raid on Roman garrisons further north in Egypt. Here: A group visiting the excavations at Meroë, including (from left) Midwinter Bey, director of Sudan Railways; Lord Kitchener; General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate, Sirdar of the Egyptian Army; Professor Archibald Sayce; John Garstang; and Lady Catherine Wingate, 1911. (Photo by Garstang Museum of Archaeology)

The city of Meroë laid undiscovered for two millennia before British archaeologist John Garstang excavated it in the early 20th century. Garstang took the radical decision to document his discoveries with photography – and immortalised an ancient world. “Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire” is being shown until 14 September at Garstang Museum of Archaeology, Liverpool. Here: A group visiting the excavations at Meroë, including (from left) Midwinter Bey, director of Sudan Railways; Lord Kitchener; General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate, Sirdar of the Egyptian Army; Professor Archibald Sayce; John Garstang; and Lady Catherine Wingate, 1911. (Photo by Garstang Museum of Archaeology)
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15 Jun 2016 14:49:00
A pair of young visitors rushes through a tunnel of colored lights at the annual Garden of Lights display at Brookside Gardens on December, 06, 2015 in Silver Spring, MD. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

A pair of young visitors rushes through a tunnel of colored lights at the annual Garden of Lights display at Brookside Gardens on December, 06, 2015 in Silver Spring, MD. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
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13 Dec 2016 07:07:00