Saturday, 12 January 2013
Newgate Gap in Margate where you can see, if you click on the image, everyone fully clothed and when sitting down they are on "proper" chairs. I'm not sure how they managed to keep those chairs upright. The card was sent in 1923 but I suspect it is an older image because the instructions for writing a message state "For inland postage this space, as well as the back, may now be used for communication." That would date it to before 1909 or thereabouts.
Margate Beach, the Sands, pictured on a card dated 1917. Now you will see many people sitting on the sand itself and the chairs are deckchairs. People are still dressed in voluminous clothes and wearing hats.
Finally, Broadstairs Beach dated 1935. Now we have people swimming and paddling and even one or two seem to be sunbathing. I can't see too many hats or long and full skirts.
On a sunny day, both Margate and Broadstairs beaches can still be packed with people, at first glance not so very different from all those years ago.
A post for Sepia Saturday. A click on the button will take you to the Sepia Saturday blog where you can find links to all the other people taking part.