Vacation photos

Getting over your vacation

Fun near Dingman's Ferry, 1908, a snapshot from my grandmother Zillah Trewin's photo album

Fun near Dingman’s Ferry, 1908, a snapshot from my grandmother Zillah Trewin’s photo album

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.

William & Elizabeth (Sargent) Trewin (my great grandparents) and Francis & Emma Ludey (William's sister & brother-in-law) on holiday, Bethlehem, PA, 1915

William & Elizabeth (Sargent) Trewin (my great grandparents) and Francis & Emma Ludey (William’s sister & brother-in-law) on holiday, Bethlehem, PA, 1915

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!

Fun near Dingman's Ferry, 1908, a snapshot from my grandmother Zillah Trewin's photo album

Fun near Dingman’s Ferry, 1908, a snapshot from my grandmother Zillah Trewin’s photo album

(Click on the links to view the images; you can then click on each image if you want to see the smaller version)

(Click on the first image and then view as a slideshow:)

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