Weymouth walkie


The back stamp on this walkie seemed to read Beech’s Photographers, with an address at Gloucester Row, in Weymouth. The clock tower confirms the location but another walkie turned up and showed the name to be Meech’s. The firm offers no results on a web-search but looks to be taken in the early Sixties. It is interesting to see Mum has a Kodak Box Brownie in hand, which shows that while people were camera owners they still liked buying a walkie photo.
It’s possible Meech’s were only going for a season or two, hopefully more of their prints – which have those shaped edges – will turn up. There is another example on the site.

Other firms known to taken walkies in Weymouth are Chambers in the 1930s, and Guy’s Snaps in the Fifties (also detailed on the site).


3 responses

  1. Val

    I am in one with my mother and sister, taken by Meech’s, dated 9th July 1958. It doesn’t have an address, but I actually remember when it was taken! I felt really put out (and my expression shows it) because my family didn’t like these photographers, particularly as they could be bullies trying to get their ‘subjects’ to buy the snaps. So – don’t assume that because the woman in your photo has a camera of her own that ‘they still liked buying a walking photo’. Some people often felt they didn’t have an option not to.

    March 30, 2019 at 1:21 am

    • simon robinson

      Can you send me a scan? It’s true that the cameramen could be quite pushy at times, but so many people in walkies I have are smiling that they must have enjoyed the moment. But I do have a few where the people look as if they are about to clobber the photographer!

      March 31, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  2. Val

    Sorry, I mean it didn’t have the photographer’s address. It was in Weymouth, on the promenade.

    March 30, 2019 at 1:22 am

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