Seaside History

Barefoot beachcombing: a Treat for Your Feet

May 1, 2013 | by Nate Burke

What’s the first thing most people do when arriving at the beach? Why, they rid themselves of those pesky shoes in order to feel the sand between their toes! A sunny day on Seaside’s beach demands to be tactility experienced with your bare feet. These kids pictured here in a photo from the 1930s know the drill for beach fun: getting your feet wet, dodging the tide in the shallows, maybe engage in a friendly round of wild splashing. Notice that at least two of the kids here have found themselves some choice driftwood walking sticks (children at the beach have a special kind of radar for finding the best sticks).

Perhaps my favorite part of this photo is the mysterious figure of a woman in the background.  She’s sporting what looks like a full length skirt, but regardless, she too is out there enjoying the water and wading through the shallow surf. Also, behind the group of children, you can see a group of brave souls venturing out to waist high depths. The beach is such a magnet for human beings, attracting all different types of people with the common purpose of taking delight in the great outdoors – no shoes required.

All in all it looks like a perfect day in the 1930s to get your feet wet.

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