This site has been created to display some of the many views of Blackpool and the surrounding Fylde area. Most images are taken from postcards or CDV cards. We do not have access to early photographs and drawings. Some pictures show the vast appeal of the town and why people visited for several centuries.
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 !
All pictures are clear and easy to see, and described in detail where possible. Some of my images have appeared in books, and more recently on the, Who do you think you are?, TV programme with William Roache, star of Coronation Street.
A Carte de visite showing West Hey, built in 1837 by Benjamin Heywood. The Blackpool Tower is now located on the site of this splendid house
The size of a carte de visite is 2⅛ × 3½ inches mounted on a card sized 2½ × 4 inches
A Cabinet Card from Wolstenholme, Blackpool portrait photographer.
The Cabinet card was the style of photograph which was universally adopted for photographic portraiture in 1866 to the 1890′s. It consisted of a thin photograph that was generally mounted on cards measuring 4¼ by 6½ inches.
It replaced the Carte de visite
A court card (4.5 × 3.5 in) postcard showing the Gigantic Wheel and promenade. Court cards were smaller and squarer in shape than later cards and were used from 1894 to 1899.
A stardard sized postcard (5.5 × 3.5 in), showing Brunswick Street on Central promenade.
Today this view shows the Funland amusements on the left, with the police station building at the centre of this picture
“There seems to be no demand for these in Blackpool”, said the Gazette in July 1898 when the first picture postcards went on sale in the resort
Court card postmarked BLACKPOOL AUG 16 1899 on a Halfpenny stamp
This was hardly surprising as the Post Office was doing its best to stifle the growth of picture postcards in Britain. Whilst on the Continent, especially in Germany, the sending and collecting of picture postcards became a universal pastime during the 1890′s, in Britain the Post Office only allowed cards up to 4.5″ x 3.5″ (court size), an inch shorter than the Continental size. Since the message and picture had to be on the same side, this meant that British cards were a poor compromise between an attractive picture and an adequate space for the message
Then in November 1899, after much lobbying by the postcard trade led by Raphael Tuck & Sons, the Post Office relented and allowed the Continental size, 5.5″ x 3.5″, to be posted in this country
An early ‘Heraldic’ postcard published by Raphael Tuck & Sons
We are always looking to buy quality postcards and related items
If you have any items to sell or offer, please let me know by writing in the Guestbook
A recent publication full of superb old pictures of Blackpool
This publication was compiled by two dedicated authors and the result is a brilliant book full of rarely seen images
Having this book in your home/office is easier to look at than a Facebook page
Blackpool Through Time is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this part of the country. Reproduced in full colour, this is an exciting examination of Blackpool, the famous streets and the famous faces, and what they meant to the people of this seaside resort throughout the 19th and into the 20th Century
Looking beyond the exquisite exterior of these well-kept photos, readers can see the historical context in which they are set and through the author’s factual captions for every picture, and carefully-selected choice of images, the reader can achieve a reliable view of this town’s history
Readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and watch the changing face of this lively town, as the authors guide us through the streets of Blackpool
There is something for everyone here, whether they have lived in the area all their lives, or whether they are just visiting this resort for the first time. Blackpool Through Time also shows how photography has continually evolved to keep up with an ever-changing society