Back to normal service after our Paris delights, and a style of postcards from the 1930s focusing on the growing importance of children in the holiday process.
Edwardian postcards were mostly about adults and the sheer novelty of the seaside holiday for many - by the 1930s, we have lidos, swimming pools, the beginnings of mass tourism.
These two cards from Dennis have pull-out strips of photographs showing the Marina swimming pool, the Harbour Cafe (now the Harbour Lights restaurant) as well as the traditional sights such as Madeira Drive, the Pavilion, and the Harbour. More recent constructions include The Chine, the New Underhill Promenade at the West Cliff and Winterstoke Gardens.
It was a busy time for the municipal developers, which makes it all the more depressing that this pride in the town and its surroundings seems to have all but disappeared, judging by the enthusiasm by the council for simply 'switching off' elements of local culture and heritage - choosing not to have a gallery or museum element in the replacement Ramsgate library, withdrawing funding for the museums, allowing once important buildings to lie idle and rotting - the Customs House and West Cliff Hall being the most glaring examples.
It may not be their fault that non-council operations choose to close - Model Village, Motor Museum, and so on, but the council has to take the lead in creating a cultural climate that encourages something other than bars and cafes - I love 'em, but I need more (and so do potential visitors, I suspect)!