Walkies collection

Walkies pictures (sometimes called 'seaside pictures') were those taken by professional street photographers working for commercial companies in holiday resorts across the UK. The photographer would 'snap' couples / families walking, or even have props (stuffed sit-on animals or live monkeys) to encourage participation. The photographs would be rapidly printed (postcard size) and available for purchase from purpose built kiosks.


st.leonards (1)

Irene Woolcott with Donkey In St Leonards , Sussex 1960


1932 (4)

Alex Nunes on the beach at Ramsgate, Kent. 4th July 1932

Miriam Verena Edwards(nee Spratling) , Frank John Edwards and Eric John Edwards sitting on one of Thanet beaches (either Margate or Ramsgate). Taken in 1932.

Alex Nunes on Sunbeam cat, main sands Ramsgate, Kent. 1932.

Staff who worked at Sunbeam in Sweyn Road Cliftonville, Margate, developing and printing. Second from left is Norman Marsh. Taken 1932.


kiosk (3)

Jack Rabbatts, Sunbeam photographer, outside Sunbeam kiosk on Ramsgate seafront.

Sunbeam Photos kiosk at Walpole Bay , Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. 1956

Norma Gallagher (nee Marsh) outside Sunbeam Kiosk, Thanet, Kent.


hotel (4)

Rhonallea Hotel 1960. Rosalyn Benson (centre)  won Miss June Dairy Maid. Sister Evelyn sat next to her, Minnie Benson (mother) 4th row on left wearing white cardigan. Owner Steve Hazell back row with checked shirt, waitresses in front of him Ann, on left Edna, to left of Edna, Lillian Hazel.

Back right, Steve Hazel, girl on right table Evelyn Benson. Little girl, Angela on holiday with parents and grandmother. Seafront Cliftonville with the Queens Highcliffe hotel in background. 1952

Evelyn Benson with Aunt Doris Staite and Uncle Len Staite at the Rhonallea Hotel, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. 1950s

Evelyn Benson entertaining guests at the Rhonallea Hotel, Edgar Rd, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. 1950s.


lion (5)

Violet Marsh (mother) and Wendy Hollet (maiden name Marsh) sitting on a Subeam lion on Margate Sundeck.

Portrait of a beach inspector standing next to a Sunbeam lion at Palm Bay, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent.

Wilfred Cuckson and Helen Cuckson, sitting on lion, ouside Margate Sundeck. Summer 1947.

Jackie on the sundeck at Margate with Sunbeam lion.1950s

Violet Marsh (mother) and family - Wendy Hollet (maiden name Marsh), Norma Gallagher (maiden name Marsh) and Vincent Marsh -sitting on a Sunbeam lion.Margate, Kent.