Frank and Ernest on the Isle of Wight

This is Frank and Ernest, on holiday on the Isle of Wight in the summer of 1953, and clearly with an eye for the ladies! We do not know the name of the Walking Picture company who took this, the back of the card is blank. The camera was fitted with an automatic numbering system which exposed numbers in sequence onto the negative, which were linked to the collection card handed to Frank – or Ernest – seconds later. They could then saunter over to the kiosk a couple of hours later to view the postcard. They must have liked it enough to buy themselves a copy. On a techie note, the numbering device (and the print format) is identical to those used by walking picture companies in Skegness, so we assume they were operating the same type of camera.

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2 responses

  1. Paul Coueslant

    It’s difficult to know where on the Isle of Wight this might be. The multiple chimney stacks on the background buildings are difficult to place. Are there any other clues? You have a fascinating collection and website.

    October 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • simon robinson

      Thanks Paul. I have never been to the Isle of Wight, so cannot help identify it. I assume it is one of the coastal resorts, and the big chimneys suggest multi occupancy Victorian boarding houses.

      November 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

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