Early walking pictures?

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So far I’ve been able to push walking pictures back to 1913, which is the earliest positively dated card I have found.  This pair turned up recently at a flea market, and look very much like early commercial walking pictures (rather than someone snapping a friend with a Box Brownie!).  Although there is no obvious reference number, the scowl of the woman and the disinterested look of her companion does not suggest they knew the photographer. But if it is an early walkie, perhaps they were yet to get used to the experience.  In contrast the gentleman in the other walkie looks bemused by it all, with a smile on his face.
Dating images like this is never easy, the quality of the photos in not great to begin with and they are quite small (2.5″ by 3.5″).  But a check on fashion history sites suggests that the woman’s hat, which has a clearly arched brim and domed top, was in vogue for a short time around 1917-1919, so that could give us a reasonable date for the photos.
I was not able to pin-point the coastal town myself, but Simon Potter has confirmed this as sunny Eastbourne.

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2 responses

  1. Simon Potter

    This is sunny Eastbourne.

    May 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    • simon robinson

      Thanks Simon, I think I have more from the town which I can probably match up now.

      May 4, 2016 at 11:06 am

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