Vacationing on the shores of Acapulco, before it became a resort metropolis

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Straddling a picturesque semicircular bay, the small Mexican port of Acapulco first came to the attention of well-to-do tourists following a visit by Edward, Prince of Wales in 1920.

Foreign investment came next, and roads and hotels popped up as the town's population ballooned from under 5,000 to 50,000 in just a couple of decades.

In the 1950s, the city was still too expensive for the average tourist to visit. It acquired a reputation as the exclusive destination of Hollywood elites, including Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra.

These promotional photos from the early 1950s show models enjoying the many pleasures of the still-small resort town, decades before the emergence of a skyline dominated by massive hotel towers.

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1952: Vacationing in Acapulco
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ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A women relaxes in a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A water skier grabs the hand of a women in a speed boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO,MEXICO - JULY 1952: Charro's rope a bull in the Caletilla Bull fighting ring in Acapulco,Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO,MEXICO - JULY 1952: Charro's rope a horse in the Caletilla Bull fighting ring in Acapulco,Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A view of a couple relaxing on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A women relaxes in a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A view of a couple relaxing on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A women relaxes in a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A view of a couple relaxing on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1952: A view as people sunbathe on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A man and his children dress as Caballero pose on their horses in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A man and his family dress as a Caballero have a picnic in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A man dress as a Caballero pose on a horse in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A boy on a donkey poses in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A couple dress as a Caballero have a drink in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: Little girls dress in native clothes sit with a donkey in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A boy dressed as a Caballero pose in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A farmer and little girl stand by the road in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: Fishermen row a boat in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A boy leads a girl on a donkey ride in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A group ride on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A couple takes in a clam back at the beach in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A women pets a baby donkey in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - JULY 1953: A women poses with a basket full of fruit on her head in Acapulco, Mexico in July 1953. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO,MEXICO - MAY 1954: A local man entertains a tourist on a beach Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO,MEXICO - MAY 1954: A couple relaxes in the surf in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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