While Uncle Bill took “Reflex Snaps” at Skegness, one has now turned up from Mablethorpe 14 miles up the east coast, even though his Skegness details are on the back. Which makes me wonder if he also took this one, an unmarked walkie also taken on The Pullover at Mablethorpe in the early 1920s that matches Uncle Bill’s walkie print.
Mum has made the trek from their accommodation in the heat of the mid-day sun, bucket and spade at the ready, and is more or less ignoring the camera which suggests she has seen it a few times before, although she bought the print anyway. I assume it then passed to her lad when he grew up, and has now ended up on the second hand market. The framing is a little unconventional but the cameraman only had a few seconds to get the image. Because it’s taken in horizontal format (which just about all the walkies taken here were) the photo takes in plenty of the surrounding scene as well as throwing the people in the background well out of focus. Notice too the hasty out of true paper cropping and the very uneven edges of the print area courtesy the negative holder.
I assume for a time Uncle Bill had a kiosk just over The Pullover nearer the beach where most of the traders were based on the concreted seafront area. People were funnelled that way as there was no other access to the beach from the town and it became a small shanty town of sheds most years.
You can read a little more about Reflex Snaps at Skegness on the site, and see more images from Mablethorpe’s Pullover on the site as well. There are more examples in the Go Home On A Postcard book as well.