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Beach scene, Lancashire

Lantern slide of a beach scene including a group of people by a lifeboat house. This is probably the beach at Ainsdale near Formby, Lancashire where photographer William Blake grew up. Blake moved to ...

Charabanc Outing, Stoke Road, Shelton

During the 1920s motorised transport became much more reliable. As a result small firms bought vehicles and organised trips to the seaside. This photograph was taken outside the premises of Primrose Motor ...

Coach Trip, Stoke-on-Trent

Coach trips were popular during the 1950's, and much quicker and more comfortable than the early charabancs. Here is a company's staff outing, probably from Royal Doulton, about to depart for Blackpool ...

Colwyn Bay. Circa 1933

During the years between the first and second world wars the holiday seasons saw hoards of people flooding into resorts such as Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Other popular seaside towns were Rhyl, Llandudno ...

Donkeys, Blackpool. Photographed by William Blake.

Group portrait of holiday makers taking a donkey ride on Blackpool Beach, Lancashire. The base of Blackpool Tower can be seen in the background.

Donkeys, Blackpool. Photographed by William Blake.

Portrait of two boys taking a donkey ride on Blackpool Beach, Lancashire. One of the town's piers can be seen in the background.

Dot. Batkin, Easter 1907. Photographed by William Blake.

Outdoor portrait of a young girl posing in formal dress. She is named Dot Batkin and the photograph was taken during the Easter period of 1907, when it is thought Dot was twelve. Dot's father was ...

Ellesmere. Photographed by William Blake.

Landscaspe with tree, bench and figures. Taken at Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Fairy Glen, Easter 1907. Photographed by William Blake.

Landscape taken at Fairy Glen including a country lane, a woman and a girl. The characters in the picture are named Dot and Jeannie. It appears to be one of a group of images taken during Easter 1907 ...

Gateway of Tiberias. Photographed by William Blake.

Lantern slide showing a structure known as the Gateway of Tiberias. This would appear to be another of a series of images taken whilst Blake toured Isreal.

Group of Workers, Chapman's Pottery, Longton

Group portrait of pottery workers. Probably taken at Chapman's pottery factory, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Taken from the Gladstone Pottery Museum Photographic Collection. This photograph is part ...

Gus & Dot (Darlaston), Easter 1907. Photographed by William Blake.

Outdoor portrait of a man and a girl in formal dress. Their names are Gus and Dot respectively and the picture was taken in Darlaston, Nr. Stone, Staffordshire. It appears to be one of a group of ...

Hem Heath bridge, Trentham

Photograph taken looking north along the Trent & Mersey Canal. The crowd are waiting for canal transport back to Stoke, during 'Trentham Thursday', the Wakes holiday open day at Trentham Park.

Holiday At The Paddling Pool. Photographed by William Blake.

Crowds gathered at Longton Park during the holiday period to use the paddling pool. Taken at Longton Park, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The park's official name is Queen's Park and it was officially ...

Holiday makers

This photograph shows three people enjoying the beach in their bathing costumes. During the years between the first and second world wars the holiday seasons saw hordes of people flooding into seaside ...

Holiday makers.

These three women in deckchairs on the beach appear to be enjoying their holiday! During the years between the first and second world wars the holiday seasons saw hoards of people flooding into seaside ...

Jeannie (Blackpool), May 12th 1907. Photographed by William Blake.

Outdoor portrait of a woman on the beach holding a starfish. The location is Blackpool and the woman's name is Jeannie. There are other portraits of her in the collection.

Jeannie (Fairy Glen). Photographed by William Blake c. 1900-1940

Outdoor portrait of a woman in formal dress sitting on a stile and holding flowers. The location is referred to as Fairy Glen and the woman's name is Jeannie. It appears to be one of a group of ...