Crowd source

crowd on promenade, Bournemouth, 1921

Although walkies were large part of seaside photographer’s income, they would turn their hand to other types of informal outdoor portraits.  Crowd scene seem to have been very popular, both with the photographer (who could count on a number of sales from the same image) and clearly by the looks of it the people in the photo.
I have yet to get a proper handle on these crowd views. It’s tempting to suggest they were large groups of people from one town all together on a day trip, but nothing here confirms this.  Perhaps photographers stood on a stepladder, set up their gear and then had an assistant round people up for the photo?  Either way they are really interesting images, and seem to date mostly from the early 1920s, in this case October 1st 1921. It seems unlikely tickets would be handed out, so the crowd were perhaps directed to a kiosk later in the day. If anybody has any further information please get in touch
This card was taken by Bailey, a seaside photography business based in Bournemouth at the quaintly named Glenn Fern Studio, and at 228A Old Christchurch Road. From what I have seen they also photographed passengers on boat trips and people sat on the beach in deckchairs. The company story is featured on the site here.

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