October 6, 2016

An amazing glimpse at Blackpool Victoria Pier in 1904

This is quite an interesting old film, one of the hundreds made by the Northern partnership of Mitchell and Kenyon recently found in the cellar of a shop.

Travel had grown cheaper by the Edwardian era, and advances like the electric tramway, seen here, offered new and easier ways for tourists to reach the pier. Meanwhile, the beginning of the century saw a reduction in working hours, leading to an explosive growth in the leisure industry. This filmic record highlights the swelling visitors but also proves that the young, the old, men, women and children took full advantage of the Victoria Pier's attractions.


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