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.


westbrook (4)

Helen Arthrell at Westbrook near Margate, Kent. c1974

Winnie Crump and possibly mother (?) walking, possibly taken at Westbrook, Margate, Kent.

Winnie Crump with her father (?). Possibly taken at Westbrook, Margate, Kent.

Frances Foord, Charles Pyle, Jean Cuckson, taken Westbrook, Margate, Kent.


mayor (2)

Lynne Wood with Father Christmas and Ramsgate Mayor on stage at the Odeon Cinema Ramsgate Kent.1954. By Vogue Photographic Service, Alexandra Road, Margate, Kent.

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.


couple (29)

Irene and Percy Hicks in Broadstairs, Kent.

Jean Osborne (nee Haynes) and Leslie (Les) Wilson (boyfriend at the time) walking along Broadstairs promenade, taken August 1949.

Cecil Spurgeon (Spur) and Win Spurgeon walking along Broadstairs seafront.

Cecil Spurgeon (Spur) and Win Spurgeon sitting in tent on beach. Taken at (possibly ) Louisa Bay, Broadstairs.

Phyllis Norman and Thomas (Nod) Norman standing in the sea on Margate beach, 1954.


1961 (10)

Angela Jane Parker on Sunbeam donkey at St.Mildred’s Bay Westgate-on-Sea, Kent . June 1961

Colin Harvey with Martin Elgar at the sundeck Palm Bay Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. 1961

Jacquline 1961 Ramsgate seafront, Kent.

Margaret Worsfold and Cynthia Towler, Broadstairs, Kent. 1961

Bluey Berry, Kim Berry taken near the bandstand, Broadstairs,1961.


doll (1)

Sue Butcher and doll Primrose. 1950 Ramsgate sands, Ramsgate, Kent.