21 Summer Fails From History That Are Better Left In The Past

1. Competitive sea turtle racing, 1925:

1. Competitive sea turtle racing, 1925:

Animal cruelty was clearly not a thing back then.

2. Some casual target practice, 1964:

2. Some casual target practice, 1964:

Just having fun!

3. Enjoying the company of super-futuristic beach robots, 1934:

3. Enjoying the company of super-futuristic beach robots, 1934:

The future looks awesome!

4. Cruising with your backpack boat propeller, circa 1940:

4. Cruising with your backpack boat propeller, circa 1940:

Totally safe!

5. Riding a giant, human-sized bottle rocket, 1939.

5. Riding a giant, human-sized bottle rocket, 1939.

Only a slight risk of being blown to pieces.

6. Enjoying the fun new beach toys on the market, 1929:

6. Enjoying the fun new beach toys on the market, 1929:

Nope.
Nope.
Nope.

7. Alligator wrestling, 1939:

7. Alligator wrestling, 1939:

So cute!

8. If wrestling's not your thing, there are always alligator races, 1965:

8. If wrestling's not your thing, there are always alligator races, 1965:

I guess people really loved alligators back in the day?

9. And water jousting, 1907:

9. And water jousting, 1907:

Actually, this looks awesome.

10. The hope of discovering your own secret beach, 1944:

10. The hope of discovering your own secret beach, 1944:

Public beaches are for losers!

11. Trying out Salvador Dalí's surreal tanning method, 1955:

11. Trying out Salvador Dalí's surreal tanning method, 1955:

This one leaves some pretty weird tan lines.

12. Teaching your children to swim with a fishing rod, 1926:

12. Teaching your children to swim with a fishing rod, 1926:

The hook part hurts only for a second.

13. Using a rope contraption to give infants swimming lessons, 1910:

13. Using a rope contraption to give infants swimming lessons, 1910:

You can never start too early, I guess...

14. No water necessary for swim lessons in 1923:

14. No water necessary for swim lessons in 1923:

Worst.
Summer camp.
Ever.

15. Enjoying the company of furry friends by the pool, 1966:

15. Enjoying the company of furry friends by the pool, 1966:

Such a sweet lil baby.

16. Taking a spin on an aquatic baby grand piano, 1962.

16. Taking a spin on an aquatic baby grand piano, 1962.

Sure, those things float.
Right?

17. Sporting the latest trends in beach fashion, 1925:

17. Sporting the latest trends in beach fashion, 1925:

Smile!

18. Like aquatic stockings and heels, circa 1915:

18. Like aquatic stockings and heels, circa 1915:

19. And anti-tanning masks, circa 1950:

19. And anti-tanning masks, circa 1950:

Not creepy at all.

20. Just make sure your swimsuit isn't too revealing...

20. Just make sure your swimsuit isn't too revealing...

21. ...because you're likely to attract unwanted attention.

21. ...because you're likely to attract unwanted attention.

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