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.
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.
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.”