Let’s Go to the Beach!
Get ready for a splashing good time as we plunge into an ocean of vintage illustrations! Join us as we explore the fabulous beach fashion, delight in the nostalgia of sun-soaked adventures, and visit the magical realm of mermaids. So grab your sunscreen and let’s dive into vintage charm and seaside joy!
First up, what are we going to wear? Luckily, vintage illustrated fashions can provide some beachside inspiration—check out this chic couple illustration by Eduardo Garcia Benito for the August 1929 cover of Vanity Fair! Benito (1891-1981) was a Spanish fashion illustrator and artist known for his exquisite Art Deco style. Born in Seville, Spain, Benito's artistic talent blossomed from a young age, and he quickly gained recognition for his remarkable ability to capture the elegance of the era. His career flourished in Paris during the Roaring Twenties, where he collaborated with prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Benito's illustrations epitomized the spirit of the Art Deco movement, characterized by its sleek lines, geometric shapes, and glamorous portrayals of fashion.
Don’t forget your beach accessories! This cute girl with a beach toy is ready for a fun day! The artist, Art Frahm (1907-1981), was a renowned pin-up artist whose playful and cheeky illustrations have left an indelible mark on the genre. With his signature style of comical mishaps and wardrobe malfunctions, Frahm's legacy lies in his ability to capture the essence of mid-century American culture and his contribution to the pin-up art movement.
Kids love the beach too and we have the vintage illustrations to prove it! From sweet scenes of play by Sarah Stilwell Weber, the tender images of Jessie Willcox Smith, and these scenes capture the nostalgic joy of carefree summers. Can’t decide on just one beach-inspired greeting card or art print? Check out our By the Sea shape book where, from our library of vintage children's books, we have assembled images of children enjoying the pleasures of sand and sea!
This Jessie Willcox Smith illustration first appeared on the August 1931 cover of Good Housekeeping.
Now it’s time to get whimsical! Enter the enchanting realm of mermaids, the most magical creatures of the ocean. But wait, they're not alone! Alongside these mesmerizing mermaids, you'll discover a delightful cast of whimsical friends: from an Ida Rentoul Outhwaite fairy catching a wave to a unicorn ship sailing through enchanted waters! And just when you thought it couldn't get any more whimsical, feast your eyes on a delightfully peculiar scene by Nina Brisley, where children embark on a joyous adventure riding a friendly whale. Dive into a world where imagination knows no bounds and where mermaids and their whimsical companions frolic.
The artist of this 1939 The American Weekly magazine cover illustration, Henry O'Hara Clive (1882 - 1960), had an absolutely fascinating life. Highlights include: working as a magician, silent film actor, and art director for Charlie Chaplin's films, starting his professional illustration career by painting the famous Ziegfeld Girls, and was married six different times!
Lastly, just a quick note to let you know that August is approaching and since it’s the overall most popular month for birthdays, chances are good you need some birthday cards for your loved ones! Ocean-themed or not, we got you covered. See you at the beach!