Barkers [Cine Snaps] Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth

John Barker and his wife Blanche moved to Lowestoft around 1920/21 where they started a photographic portrait studio at 35 High Street. The company began taking walking photographs on The Esplanade, trading as “Promenade Snaps”, around 1926. By 1930 Barker and family were occupying and trading from 155 London Rd. South, Lowestoft.
Early examples of John Barker’s “walkies” are mainly landscape format postcards though the actual photograph was quite a bit smaller. They have either of the two studio addresses (High Street or London Road) on the back.

four ladies twenties dresses lowestoft 1930 walking picture seasdie
early Barkers walkie : Four ladies in cloche hats out for a stroll near the entrance of the South Pier Lowestoft on the 10th August 1930.

We do not know what sort of camera was used to taken these early photographs but from around 1930 changes to the cards indicate that Barker had adopted a 35mm cine camera to take his walking photographs, a practise common to other firms at the time. At first it seems he took single frames and printed these to postcard size.

 twenties couple lowestoft 1930 walking picture seaside
early Barkers cine walkie : Bertie and Gladys Moore walk past Marine Arcade on
Marine Parade Great Yarmouth in 1930 (collection of John Bracey).

The example above also shows us the firm was taking images in nearby Great Yarmouth (the rear of the print has the 155 London Road, Lowestoft address but we assume they had a local kiosk in Yarmouth to sell the prints). Another print from 1931 shows they quickly moved to taking a strip of three prints in a walking sequence, again a technique used by several walkie firms. The back of the 1931 image is stamped “For repeat orders quote No. and town where taken to CINE SNAPS, 155, London Rd. Sth. Lowestoft.”



5 responses

  1. Lynn and Nigel Dack

    We have lived at 35 High Street Lowestoft Suffolk NR32 1HY since December 2003 and while knocking down a wall came across rubble from in a hidden room and a box of photographic plates. We had them developed and they were from the 1920s/1930s and studio portraits. We would be very interested if anyone knew the Barker family and if they had any history or photographs of our house or garden as it is an old house built in 1630

    September 15, 2013 at 4:33 am

    • simon robinson

      Lynn, I’ll pass your details on to Paul Godfrey who has connections with the family and would be interested to hear about your find. The sort of thing photo historians dream of happening!

      September 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

  2. Paul Godfrey

    Lynn. I have sent you an email. Paul.

    September 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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