5 August 2010

Starting with the town of Blackpool, more vintage old images will be added, including Cleveleys, Thornton, Fleetwood, Poulton-le-Fylde, St. Annes, Lytham, Knott End, and other rural parts !

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Please enjoy looking through the images taken from postcards etc. These are just a small selection that we have in our collection.  No more images will be added and have not been for at least a year, as time is limited when cleaning up the image. 

Blackpool in 1836 -  Looking South

This early engraving of Blackpool in about 1840 shows the Lane Ends Hotel, now part of old Lewis’s site. Beyond, with its tall chimneys, is Sir Benjamin Heywood’s new marine residence, West Hey (Tower site). Further on is the Royal Hotel and Lower Blackpool in the distance.


Welcome to Blackpoolpostcards.co.uk..we hope that you enjoy having a look around. Items which are displayed include vintage postcards, antique cabinet cards, carte de visites, theatre programmes, photographs, tickets, medals, badges, booklets plus more items associated with Blackpool.


Blackpool : A Pictorial History

An excellent book full of superb early Blackpool photographs in brilliant detail

This official publication offers superb quality images, detailed captions and much more by the local historian, Ted Lightbown

The profits from proceeds of the sale of this book went to a worthy charity


Blackpool in 1840

A more accurate representation of Central Beach in the 1840′s showing the path down to the front of the  Lane Ends Hotel.  The latter’s small bath house adjoins it to the south and from it extends Hygiene Terrace (Lewis’s old site) to Flagstaff at Victoria Street




Blackpool Through Time: A Second Selection

by  Allan W. Wood


Few towns conjure up such stirring impressions as Blackpool. Cheerfully unpretentious and brash with all the trimmings one would expect of a traditional seaside resort, Blackpool remains the iconic resort town, but there is more to its richly coloured history than you might think. This absorbing collection of images reveals the changing face of the town during the past century. These images help highlight Blackpool’s remarkable transformation from a fledgling resort. Aspects of everyday life are featured here, including social occasions, the pleasure steamers that once plied their trade from the piers, seaside entertainment and old cherished street scenes of bygone Blackpool. This book is a valuable pictorial history, which will awaken nostalgic memories for some readers, while offering a unique glimpse of the past for others.


Blackpool during September of the year 2012…..but over the past two hundred or so years, it was quite a different place !!


 The aim of these pages is to provide a historical visual history of the Fylde coast


 You can browse around the site or use the Search to find a particular street or building. Where possible we have added the date of the picture, if known. The ‘street scenes’ are listed under Streets A-Z . To make the promenade easier to view, it has been divided into North, Central and South at the recognised area. As the promenade began to grow, the areas changed name, i.e. South Parade became Central Beach, Central Parade became Central Promenade, then the individual terraces became one continuous promenade as the numbering system changed. So, on this site they have been placed where they would be today.


View of the North Pier in 1863


All items which show the images are owned by myself, unless credited to a third party

Every picture is clear and easy to see, and described in detail where possible

More detailed descriptions will be added in time !



Blackpool, a favourite destination for many millions of visitors over the past 250 years or so !

In 1990 Blackpool was officially pronounced “Europe’s Busiest Resort”.

The picture postcard craze started just as Blackpool began to become the  No. 1 Seaside resort to visit by the Lancashire folk !


An amazing advert placed in the BLACKPOOL HERALD in June 1887  !


Colour covers from the 1899 edition of the Blackpool holiday guide


The Wheel, the Gigantic Wheel, the Big Wheel , the Great Wheel and the Jolly Wheel are some of the names given to this huge attraction. Open on the 22nd August 1896.

The Gigantic Wheel was opened at the corner of Adelaide Street and Coronation Street by James Pearson. Built by Arrol Brothers, it was 220 feet high with 30 carriages, each holding 30 passengers, and featured a car equipped with a ping-pong table.

This view from Coronation Street shows how big this attraction was. The advertisement for FELDMANS can be seen on the carriages. The buildings still survive and look much the same today.


89 Albert Road – 1915


Inside, above the door reads, ‘Mrs Pilling’


Early view of St. Annes Pier – Included in the Fylde category


In 1876 Blackpool received a charter of incorporation and became a Borough.

William H. Cocker was the first Mayor of Blackpool 


County Borough of Blackpool – Jubilee of Incorporation Certificate – 1876 – 1926

The first Municipal Election was held on the 11th of april 1876. Doctor William H Cocker became first Mayor.

The Mayor’s Chain of Office was made in September 1876, but was not worn to a meeting of the Council until the 4th of December 1897.

The first Mayor donated it to the Council.


Jubilee of Incorporation Badge – 1926

The Civic Flag was hoisted over the Town Hall for the first time on the 9th of March

 Blackpool Jubilee 1926 – Pathe Film


Jubilee of Incorporation Badge – 1926

Shows Tom Bickerstaffe , the Mayor in the Jubilee Year


Superb programme for the Diamond Jubilee of  Blackpool’s Incorporation – 1936

Wilfred Ashley, Lt. Colonel, Born 1867.

He held the office of Member of Parliament for Blackpool between 1906 and 1918

The registration AA35 is now on a Nissan Navara Pickup !



Candy Town Carnival

Blackpool Tower Children’s Spectacular 1949 Ballet


Church Parade, North Pier – How many people are there ??


A selection of postcards with the Blackpool crest

Three Raphael Tuck cards from the ‘Heraldic‘ series with colour embossed crests. The first shows ‘The Tower’ and dated 1902. The second is called ‘Low Tide’ and has a Victorian stamp dated 1901.  The third is called ‘High Tide’ and dated on the reverse 1903.

The Tower - 1902

Low Tide – 1901

High Tide – 1903

Designed in England, Chromographed in Bavaria

Part of a brilliant series of postcards

A great novelty postcard dated 1907 – Panorama of Blackpool

The Big Wheel – Blackpool Crest above

Carnival Time !


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