These charming Blackpool holiday snaps are forming part of a special new interactive timeline – depicting holiday memories.
The online project, set up by travel specialist loveholidays.com, aims to illustrate the evolution of British tourism in the timeline, and has sourced hundreds of vacation memories, from Blackpool to Barcelona.
Holiday Memories captures 194 of the UK’s most iconic holiday photos, spanning from 1903 up to the present day.
It aims to take the user on a visual and virtual tour though history – from the British seaside holidays, typical of the early 20th century, to more exotic escapes of modern day life.
The timeline – which naturally includes historical photos of Blackpool – integrates photos submitted by users and stylised as postcards from that period in time, with personal messages recounting the moment on the reverse.
Desktop users can switch from the timeline view to a map view, showing how far British tourism has expanded.
Many families recounted their holiday memories taken in Blackpool, sharing a trove of beautiful pictures from Britain’s most-loved holiday destination.
Memory Lane looks at some of the most iconic pictures.
This picture of a little boy with a donkey was sent in by Claire Duiker, from London, and was taken in Blackpool, in 1903.
She wrote: “My grandad John, aged just six, posing in his Sunday best for a holiday photo in Blackpool around 1903.
“The studio was fully-equipped with a local seaside canvas backdrop and a real donkey and cart. It always makes me smile.”
And enjoying a spot of sun-bathing on the beach – complete with a cardigan – was Chevaune Stanley’s grandmother, in 1950.
Chevaune, from Scotland, said: “This is my grandma, never seen without her cardigan, enjoying a day at Blackpool, in 1950.”
And this – slightly more recent – snap from 1987, shows Manchester resident Daimen Richards’s family enjoying a day at the Pleasure Beach during a holiday to Blackpool.
He said: “Annie, Pamela and Lynn enjoy a UK break.
“This was my grandma taking her two daughters (one being my mum) to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
“At this point, I was not born, yet every year my mother takes us back so that we too can create great family memories.”
Research undertaken to support the timeline highlights the major milestones in British tourism, which have transformed it into the industry it is today.
The first real breakthrough for UK holidays came in 1938, when the Holidays With Pay Act was passed – guaranteeing regular annual holiday time for all workers in the UK.
Before this, holidays were generally considered a luxury for the rich.
It took more than a decade for overseas travel to really take off – with the first package holidays being introduced in 1950, making it easier and more affordable to travel than it had ever been before.
The low-cost airline model came to British airspace for the first time in 1985.
Shortly afterwards, the number of holidays taken by residents in the UK surpassed 20 million.
Deregulation of EU aviation also began – an important factor in the development of low-cost airlines, allowing airlines to set up bases anywhere in Europe.
Online travel agencies were first introduced in 1995 – revolutionising the way consumers plan, book and pay for their holidays.
Matthew Lawson, e-commerce director at loveholidays.com, said: “As travel specialists, we’re always on the lookout for what’s next in UK tourism, but it’s often just as interesting to look back and see how much things have changed.
“This is what inspired us to launch our Holiday Memories timeline – collating some amazing photographs and memories which will now last forever.
“With advancements in technology and aviation, holidays have changed almost beyond recognition and people are travelling further than ever before – but it’s fantastic to see people were having just as much fun back then as they are now.”