George Austin was established in Eastbourne by 1894 as a professional photographer and had a studio based at 70 Seaside. George died in the 1920s but I assume some family connection remained as Austin’s were taking walkies on the seafront in the 1950s which could be purchased at Bon’s Gift House, 67 Seaside, Eastbourne (is there a more resort address than “Seaside”?!) near the front, the photos were mostly taken on the nearby Marine Parade. Customers were sold prints 3.5″ by 2.5″. This example was taken on the promenade which runs alongside Marine Parade and you can just see the corner of the impressive Albion Hotel in the background (currently the Shore View Hotel, see photo below). I have not seen many examples from Austin’s so it is difficult to know how long they were in the trade.
67 Seaside is a barbers / tattoo parlour when I looked recently.
Thanks to Paul Godfrey for the walkie scan. I have shown the back below as well which has Austin’s distinctive logo on. If anyone has more examples please get in touch.
Another walkie firm based in Eastbourne around the same time was Boyds, covered on the site.
Some of George Austin’s early studio work can be seen at the site:
In the early 1900s Austin’s did typical seaside portraits as well using painted coastal backdrops, and photographed groups of people staying at boarding houses.
There is an excellent history of the business online: