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    Activationists have fun mock-freaking out beside a bonfire on the beach. "Although Activationist practices varied widely," LIFE told its readers, "they generally started with group calisthenics and chanting and went on through progressive frenzies to extemporaneous dancing and ad lib yelling."

    "Summer '39"

    Union Station, Chicago, 1948.

    Frank Horvat, London, 1959

    bikinis and cars.

    this isn't happiness™ - photo caption contains external link

    Cartier-Bresson

    joy

    Julia hetta

    esme

    Steve Schapiro, Three Men, New York, 1961

    Unclench your fists, unlock your knees and also the door to your heart, take a deep breath, and begin to swim. Begin to let the waves do their work in you-Shauna Niequist-. . .NeW dAiLy MaNtRa - MaKe SuRe YoUr DaY iS fIlLEd Up WiTh MoMeNtS oF hEaVeN. . .aNd YoUr HeArT iS wIdE oPeN. . .

    Gymnastic group, Montreal, 1891

    Mugshots of civil rights activist Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961.

    umbrella

    NASA before Powerpoint. Photo by JR Eyerman. 1960's.

    beauty

    Hitler child