This is quite a late walking picture, which I was trying to date recently. The scene (not to mention the single stipe buttoned top) had a very sixties look about it, and the postcard size print was still in the original Barkers of Great Yarmouth wallet. The pre-decimal prices in the back put it at no later than 1969. But it was the cars in the background which narrowed it down even further, as amongst the Ford Zodiacs and Morris Minors there is a Ford Cortina Mk 2 parked up, a model which was first produced in 1966.
So the photo must be from between ’66 and ’69.
In the background is the viewing tower, now known as the Atlantic Tower, which was erected in the Sixties so must have been quite new at the time. The current owners have “refurbished” the place and rather ruined it’s concrete grandeur. But then the the town also lost the previous Victorian revolving tower which went after the War for scrap as the council wouldn’t repair it!
It’s a little difficult to work out exactly where the photo was taken as quite a lot has changed on the seafront here, while the lens foreshortens the view, but the circle on the colour view below must be close to the spot.
I don’t know who the people are, this being a flea market find, but you could imagine oldest son on the left driving his parents over for a day-trip. Mum has a Corgi dog, another pointer to a decade when this breed was very popular.
Barkers have numbered the print in pencil on the back, 15820. And if this seems a high number, Barkers cameramen could easily take 1000 walkies in a single morning.
The company were one of the last firms to take walkies, well into the early Seventies, although by then they had moved over to smaller colour prints. Examples of the firm’s post-war images are on the site and the long history of the firm is also documented.