Skegness, or as we locals in the midland call it Skegi, was and
still is the main seaside resort for midlanders.....
On Skegi seafront there was always a strolling photographer who
would snap you as you went by and give you a little card.
If you wanted the photo you went along to the kiosk the next
morning, there on a board would be all the photo's took the previous
day, you pointed, acquired and paid a small sum.
The photo's were put in an envelope/folder with a window in front
for the image to be seen through and usualy a phographers advert on the
on the front or the back.
Whatmouths (I think thats how you spell it) was the name of
one of the popular ones.
A similar system existed in most of the Hotels, Boarding Houses,
Clubs and Pubs, where you were often snapped enjoying yourself.
In the 1920 a lot of folks had their own Kodak Box Brownies.....
Skegi took to being popular when the trains started to do cheap
day trips, the train tracks got to Skegi in 1873.
Visitors where mostly from Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire
and other Midland Counties.
Of cause it became even more popular when Billy Butlin built his
first "Butlins Holiday Camp" close by.
The other places near where Ingoldmells and Anchor Point these small
hamlets developed with the inclusion of lots of small Caravan Parks.
A few miles along the coast was Mabelthorpe another popular place.
All for now Paul.
PS. check the back of the actual photo/s for photographers stamps....
At 04:22 PM 12/28/97 EST, you wrote:
Hi: My father's families (HOUSLEY & BELLABY) lived in Basford,
until 1904 when they moved to Glasgow. Many of their relatives remained in
Nottingham area. I have many photos of family groups taken in Skegness,
Lincolnshire in 1920's and later. Was this a usual resort for Nottingham
families in this period? Regards, Fred, Leola, PA
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