17 July 2018

Seaside Postcards

Summer weather leads me to recall experiences of my childhood in Norfolk.

A parade of shops across from the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea offered everything the holidaymaker could desire: a BINGO parlour, ice cream, candy floss, buckets and spades to build sandcastles, inflatable beach balls, sunhats, canvas wind shelters, deck chairs, swimsuits, suntan oil, calamine lotion, tea and scones, fish and chips, pinball machines, a laughing policeman, sticks of rock candy with Gorleston all the way through, and postcards — pictorial and saucy like the one here with the caption "Oh, Darling, do bury me in the Sand!"

This blog post from the Essex Archives has examples from further south down the North Sea coast.

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