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.


1953 (9)

Lesley Phyllis Bennett with Frances Herbert Bennett and Diane Francis Bennett outside Merrie England Ramsgate. 1953.

Jean Lynda Woollard (maiden name Thirkettle) with Sunbeam donkey. Taken at Broadstairs, Summer 1953.

Jean Lynda Woollard (maiden name Thirkettle) with Father Christmas, 1953.

Ronald Wassell and Jean Wassell. Taken at Martony’s Clothing Factory Christmas party, 1953 at Fort Lodge, Margate.

Joyce Allen and Valerie Carpenter.1953


sea (18)

Peter and Percy Hicks in sea at Viking Bay, Broadstairs, Kent.

Louie Stafford, Marian Stafford and Eddie Stafford in the sea at Viking bay Broadstairs, Kent.

Lady bathing in the sea at Thanet, Kent.

Jean Vincett at the seaside circa 1928. Margate, Kent.

Maureen Turner (maiden name Norman) and Kitty (surname unknown); standing in the sea on Margate beach; 1954.


1957 (5)

Jean Fautley (foster sister) and Maureen Turner (maiden name Norman) with Santa. Taken in Bobby’s department store, Margate High Street, 1957.

Ray Bestwick, Dorothy Bestwick and Brian Bestwick on sands at Margate. 1957

Rosalie Saunders (maiden name Jones) and Ken Jones sitting on Sunbeam donkey, 1957.

Gillian and Janet Haswell on sands, Thanet, Kent.July 1957.

Win Spurgeon, Jill Griffin (maiden name Spurgeon) and Cecil Spurgeon (Spur). Walking along Broadstairs seafront by the Albion Hotel, August, 1957. See


amateur dramatics (1)

Jean Osborne (centre, left of the Mayor of Ramsgate, Eddie Butcher), taken 1954. Minstrel show performed by National Association of Local Government Officials’ (NALGO) Glee Club Show.


1935 (7)

Jean Vincett in a seaweed dress approximately 1935 at Cliftonville, Margate, Kent

Ethel Haynes (mother), Jack Haynes (father) and Jean Osborne (nee Haynes). Taken outside their bathing tent at Broadstairs, August 1935.

Ethel Frances Smith, Jack Smith, Ruth Marion Baker (maiden name Smith). Taken on Margate beach, in 1935 (Dreamland in the background).

James Brooks and Lily Brooks (nee Lily Moore) under the Walpole Bay Sun Deck, Cliftonville, Margate 1935

Jean Vincett in a seaweed dress approximately 1935 at Cliftonville, Margate, Kent.