Central Promenade Blackpool Vintage Postcard
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Blackpool Then & Now – a Journey in Old Postcards

Compare Blackpool scenes of today with vintage postcards from the past.

Blackpool has changed a lot over the years and it’s always fascinating to look at old postcards and photographs and spot the differences. Searching through my vintage postcard collection I’ve found some iconic Blackpool scenes to compare with views from now. See what changes you can see.

A stroll along the Promenade

My old Blackpool postcard dates to between the late 1930s and the early 1940s, based on its postmark of May 1942 and the inclusion of the RNLI building built in 1936. Here I compare it to a 2018 photo taken from a similar spot borrowed from Getty Images.

At a glance you can see clearly that somethings haven’t changed and are unlikely to, namely the crowded sands and the iconic Blackpool Tower. The one other building I can identify in both images is the Woolworth Building, now home to the local Wetherspoon’s pub.

One of the things I love most about the postcard is the juxtaposition of the very 20th century RNLI building alongside horse-drawn bathing machines! Clearly there was still one foot firmly planted in the past. It’s easy to lament the loss of the more attractive Victorian buildings that line the front in the old postcard, but what is there now will no doubt evolve further in the future.

The Promenade has long been the site of a variety of tourist attractions from Read’s Sea Water Baths of the 1800s, to Madame Tussauds, the demolished Golden Mile Amusements and the more recent Sea Life Centre. Today is no different – home to a long line of attractions and amusements with billboards and signage dominating the front. It seems, the buildings may change but Blackpool remains a destination close to the hearts of many.

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