How many times do you come back from a vacation feeling as if you need another vacation? or How many times do you relax so much on vacation that you can’t snap back into the rhythm of your normal life routines–especially when it comes to work? I’ve experienced both scenarios, as I’m sure have many of you. I must say, the older I get, I seem to go more for the pure R&R vacations. The idea of marching through a vacation in order to pack in as much as possible no longer holds great appeal.
Vintage photographs offer a historical record of how our American ancestors spent their “downtime.” For example, the fabulous Shorpy images (links included below) show some early-20th-century seekers of R&R. I especially love the ones of Asbury Park and Atlantic City, and the one of the group of boys outside the movie theater (see “Saturday matinée”). The detail is just extraordinary.
It’s comforting to know many of our ancestors likely also dealt with the “vacation recovery” phenomenon. A 1909 issue of The Outing Magazine included the article “Getting Over Your Vacation” by Dr. W. R. C. Latson (see the pages included below). Lots of advice; much of it just as good today as it was back then.
So, if you are currently recovering from a vacation, know that you are not alone—many, like the vacationing boaters and swimmers shown above, have tread these waters before!
(Click on the links to view the images; you can then click on each image if you want to see the smaller version)
- Ocean Grove, New Jersey, circa 1905. “Tent life.”
- Circa 1904. “North veranda, Manhanset House, Shelter Island, N.Y.“
- 1902. “The Basin, lower spring, Banff, Alberta.”
- Vacation bungalow colony at Rockaway, Queens, c. 1910.
- Circa 1910. “Trembleau Hall. Port Kent, N.Y.” Old-school rockers.
- Volusia County, Florida, circa 1903. “Sailing bicycles on the beach at Ormond.”
- Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, circa 1901. “Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle’s.”
- New Jersey, April 1905. “The Boardwalk parade, Atlantic City.”
- Petoskey, Michigan, circa 1906
- “Asbury Park, New Jersey.” The North End Hotel on the Ocean Grove side of the boardwalk circa 1914.
- Saturday matinee, Washington, DC, 1925
- Alligator Joe, Palm Beach, FL, 1904
- Cincinnati, OH, postcard shop, 1910
- Dutchess County, New York, circa 1905. “Mount Beacon Incline Railway, looking down, Fishkill-on-the-Hudson.”
- An open camp in the Adirondacks, 1905
(Click on the first image and then view as a slideshow:)