I recently came upon a couple of old photographs taken in Walton-on-the-Naze in the early 1900s.

Can anyone out there throw any light on who they may be?Painter, Sailor, Child 3 ladies beach group (Freddie)


The first picture shows this interesting group of folk on the beach. Two attractive young women ostensibly reading, a sailor and I guess his wife and child and the real character of the shot, a painter decorator complete with brushes and paint kettle. The only reference on the back of the photo mentions ‘Freddie’



Unknown child Winner of badge Lifeboat collection c1908


The second picture shows a youngster wearing a cork lifejacket similar to those worn by the lifeboat crew at that time. In the background the Albion Hotel and breakwater can be seen.

On the back of the photo it reads “ Winner of badge Lifeboat Collection”  This picture was taken in 1908.

If you have any ideas who these people may be, please let me know.

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