Wrates, Skegness

We’ve covered the story of the Skegness walking picture firm Wrates on the site, but this great image of the pier entrance turned up on the web recently. It clearly show the Wrates pier shop on the right hand side of the entrance, with several dozen people milling around waiting to buy their postcard at 1/- a time.  Given the late afternoon shadows, it looks like it must be after 4 o’clock, which is the advertised time for when prints would generally be available, the walkie photographers usually having clocked off around noon. It’s probably taken in the late 1940s, as the print prices began to go up after that. There are more photographs of (and by) Wrates and their cameramen and women in the book Go Home On A Postcard.  Unforgivably the pier buildings were torn down in the 1970s despite being a listed structure by then.

wrates shop Skegness Pier


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