06/17/2010 09:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dive Right In -- Summer's Here! (Slideshow)

Everyone's favorite season finally arrives on June 21. Before you head off for a well-deserved vacation, take a refreshing plunge into a collection of summer images plucked from the Library's Digital Gallery, NYPL's vast collection of prints, photographs, posters, postcards, advertisements, and more. 2010-06-16-summerchild.jpg From silent-screen sirens to the fetching "mermaids" of Brighton, England, from New York's Rockaway Beach to Maine's Old Orchard Beach, and from vintage swimsuits to the Gilded Age artistry of the great American illustrator Edward Penfield, summertime has never looked more inviting.

Compiled by Ken Benson and Daniel Um.