Cleethorpes 1931

I couldn’t resist this image at a recent sale. It’s a postcard with the name and address of the photographer on the reverse “Hardy’s Studios, 52 St Peters Avenue, Cleethorpes”. Clearly the couple are dressed up as Virginia Cherrill and Charlie Chaplin in the wonderful “City Lights” film which was released in January 1931. The photo is taken outdoors – there is just a hint of bunting along the top edge. Were the couple dressed in this way to attend some sort of outdoor fancy dress event ? Alternatively, was the photographer at some sort of outdoor venue offering clients a range of props to use in posing for a photo? Either way, I’m sure the couple were delighted with their portrait.


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