Fortnightly Photo – St Ives, Now and Then

Regular readers will have guessed that I like Cornwall, and St Ives is one of my favourite places to visit.

I found this photo of the beach alongside Smeaton’s Pier in St Ives in a box of old photographic negatives:

Vintage Smeaton's Pier

Vintage Smeaton’s Pier

Compare this with how it looks today:

Modern Smeaton's Pier

Modern Smeaton’s Pier

Although the angle isn’t quite the same, it’s surprising how little has changed over the years.

You can see a previous visit to St Ives here:

Fortnightly Photo – Beach Boys

It’s the end of Summer, and it’s going out in style! People were spotted in their bathers at Brighton last week. Though if I were to go to the beach I’d be tempted to take a jumper, just in case.

Beach Boys

Beach Boys

Just like these two charming chaps from the turn of the century.

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This Edwardian photo shows the beach at Penzance in Cornwall.


Penzance Beach


I found it in a box of photos from a Cornish auction. I must admit that I wasn’t too impressed when I first scanned it because no one was looking at camera. But then I looked a little closer at what I thought was a pile of tarpaulins or fishing equipment.


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These dark shapes are a pair of elephants!! Not what you’d expect to see on a beach in one of the outlying edges of Britain.

A bit more research told me that the circus used to visit Penzance every summer, and a popular daily activity was to parade the elephants through the streets to bathe in the sea.

It seems that the circus only visited twice, so this really does show a rare snapshot in time.

You can see more at:

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As its still summer, although the weather here feels more like autumn, here’s a photo to reflect the season.

This lovely lady is obviously proud of her knitted swim suit.


Bathing Beauty

Bathing Beauty


I hope your summer holiday is happy…