Palace Pier

Brighton Palace Pier couple 1930.jpg

Although this strip of three walking pictures is not identified, the seller was based near Hove and suggested to me that it might be Brighton.  As the town had three piers at one time this was not quite so easy to pin down but I started with the surviving Palace Pier and some digging brought close-ups of the pier decoration which matched exactly.  The elaborate metalwork structures on the left is an arch base, although all but one of these has now been removed.

brighton-palace-pier.jpg

Although I have a few walkies from the town they are less common than I would expect and these strips are also scarce, and I’ve certainly seen none from Brighton pier before. It is unusual in that the print is around 4″ by 9″.  From the fashions and the style I would date it to the 1930s. Behind the couple is a kiosk selling Cadbury’s ‘Cup’ Chocolate at 3d; this product was certainly on sale in the late 1920s and very popular into the 1950s.

Cadburys Cup Chocolate ad 1930.jpg

The firm who took the walkie is unknown. It seems likely that the print was usually supplied as a smaller size but a larger version like this could be ordered for a little extra.

Happily much of Palace Pier remains as it was, I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few times and lets hope they look after it properly.

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2 responses

  1. Val

    I used to go on Palace pier a lot. It was always a very busy pier and I don’t recall having seen walking photographers there – at least, not in the 60s and 70s.

    May 31, 2019 at 3:25 pm

  2. I have since found a few more but again they’re pre-WW2. I think the trade in Brighton had largely gone in Brighton by the end of the Fifties, and on the pier it didn’t return after the war.

    June 3, 2019 at 6:39 am

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