Seaside snapshots: A holiday without a camera is a holiday wasted
When the introduction of cheap snapshot cameras coincided with more leisure time for ordinary folk, they flocked to the seaside to record their sunny memories.
At the seaside when the sun shines one person in ten carries a Kodak or some other form of hand camera… every errand boy and nursemaid carries one at the seaside.
—The Amateur Photographer, 1903
The seaside is probably the most popular location for snapshot photography. The introduction of cheap, easy-to-use snapshot cameras before the First World War, such as the Brownie, coincided with a growth in leisure time for ordinary working people.
People flocked to the seaside on trains and in charabancs and many of them took along their cameras to record their sunny memories—building sandcastles, paddling in the sea or just dozing in a deckchair. As the adverts proclaimed: ‘A holiday without a Kodak is a holiday wasted’.
There are many examples of seaside snapshots in our collection—here’s a small selection.