Barkers Part 2 – [Cine Snaps] Great Yarmouth (pre War)
It appears that John Barker and family left Lowestoft and moved to Great Yarmouth around the mid 1930s, perhaps as this was a more central location from which he could operate in other nearby towns. There is one example clearly identified on the reverse ‘Cine Snaps, Great Yarmouth’ but taken as far away as Bath. We have no information on how the business operated at such a distance. Cine Snaps appears to have fully adopted to the format of a strip of three prints in a walking sequence following the move the Great yarmouth and the prints from this time are marked “CINE SNAPS, 63 Rodney Road, Great Yarmouth.” These strips of three were not printed on postcard sized paper but on longer and thinner paper which can vary.
Cine Snaps example : Mr and Mrs Bracey with son John in about 1937 strolling along Beaconsfield Road Great Yarmouth, captured by
Cine Snaps of 63 Rodney Road. The first frame is missing. From the collection of John Bracey.
The cine-camera was set on a tripod, so the walkie camera operator was helped by a ticket boy. As the subject/s moved towards the camera the operator would tell the ticket boy something like “three gents” or “lady and gent” so that the ticket was given to the right group of people. The ticket was numbered so that you could claim your walkie later in the day. The camera was cranked with a small handle and half a turn would expose four frames (? check). The negatives were then printed in one exposure to produce the strip of three that were sold to the customers for 1/- (one shilling) – 5p today. These strips of walkies often show the customer unaware of what is happening.
Cine Snaps example : This is an uncut sheet of three sequential images which gives the full Cine Snaps walkie experience! Taken on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, subject unknown. From the collection of Ron Cosens.
In Great Yarmouth Cine Snaps took walkies at various locations during the summer season with pitches near the Wellington and Britannia Piers and other sites along Marine Parade and Regent Road. It is believed that photographs were only taken in the mornings up to 12.45 each day. The processing and printing was done at 63 Rodney Road and the prints would go on sale at 4:30 each afternoon. The company continued to operate up to the start of World War 2. We do not know how the family spent the war years, but after the war they decided to carry on the business.