I have printed a few walkies taken on Blackpool Central Pier before. This is another, taken on a regular walking picture spot. It was so popular people often formed a small queue at bust times.
It has been dated 1945 on the back by one of the two ladies, we seem to be enjoying themselves, but otherwise we do not know who they area. The photo was found and scanned by Brian Partridge. We do know the pier had a V2 Rocket on display for a couple of years after World War 2, and the awning for this attraction can be seen in the background. You can see some similar images on the site. A Blackpool walking picture from 1944 has also recently turned up which suggests the trade continued during the war although this is quite unusual. Walking pictures from 1944 in Hungary and 1943 in Belgium have also been seen, and I will try and get these on the site at some stage.
All three of Blackpool’s piers had walkie cameramen in operation. This nice example is from Dave Gardner, and was taken we think on the Central Pier. The low roof and tower at the end of the entrance building are quite distinctive. David says the young lad is his father, out with his parents, so dates this to around 1938. He is clutching the obligatory wooden beach spade and tin bucket. It was taken by the Blackpool firm of Walkie Snaps.
V1 and V2 rockets on display in Blackpool at the end of the war? It sounds very unlikely but the evidence is there in these three walking pictures. Read more about this unusual seaside attraction on the site here.