Snap! A day at the beach preserved

Snaps, Bridlington
Snaps, Bridlington

BRIDLINGTON may have been booming over the Easter holidays, but not as much as it used to be as some of these fascinating “Walking Pictures” show.

Nowadays, having a complete stranger snap you as you’re enjoying a walk wouldn’t be allowed, but from around the 1920s through to the 1970s it was all part of your trip to the seaside.

Photographers, professional and amateur, took “walkies” on spec to turn into postcard prints.

The subjects got a receipt and could turn up at the kiosk, sometimes the same day, and buy copies.

Already printed up as postcards on the reverse they were great for sending to the folks back home to let them know what a great time you were having.

Snaps, overlooking the harbour at the end of Prince Street in Bridlington, was one of the most popular studios and processing houses.

Walking picture collector Simon Robinson, 56, of Sheffield, has allowed us to publish these Bridlington walkies.

Currently working on a book based on his collection of more than 500 pictures from around the country, an exhibition of his collection and book ideas is currently at Sewerby Hall, from now until August.

He believes walkies are a neglected area of photography. “These are natural, unposed pictures which I think give a more revealing look at our history than professional or portrait images,” he said.

“What makes these images fascinating is that the majority of the photographs have already been taken by the time the subject had time to react to what was going on.

“As such they really are a snapshot of the times, as well as giving us a unique glimpse of the fashions and streetscapes of the day.”

Simon is keen to hear from anyone who used to work at Snaps in Bridlington and hopes they will contact him by email at