These walking pictures have been bugging me for a while. They were clearly taken at a British resort, but where? The only real clue was a sign in the background on the right in one reading The Kiddies Studio. Done in raised plaster letters on the side of the pale building, it can also be just made out in a second walking picture. They are both quite early examples of the genre, I think late 1920s, and I like the bustle of the busy promenade.
Kiddies Studio gave no results on a web search, so I then went to a postcard auction site. Postcard dealers often add any extra info they can when selling topographical cards. Hey presto, a great shot of a stormy sea at Morecambe with the Kiddies Studio sign in the distance. The location was confirmed by doing a walk down Morecambe sea front on Google street view. The postcard shows the large Alhambra building which is still standing, albeit sadly quite altered. The two conical spires in the old postcards are also still visible today.
The Kiddies Studio itself has gone to make a car parking space for the Clarendon Hotel next to it. I assume it was a photo studio specialising in children’s portraits; whether they had anything to do with the walking picture trade I don’t know, though firms did often multi-task.