Holidaymakers taking the air

South Parade Pier, Southsea, 1921

South Parade Pier, Southsea, 1921

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South Parade Pier, Southsea, captured by one of the many Francis Frith staff photographers in 1921.

Frith himself, who created the largest photographic company in the world, died in 1898.

However, his sons Cyril and Eustace continued his commercially lucrative, and in historical terms vitally important, quest to photograph every town in the country.

This picture shows the promenade with holidaymakers out taking the air.

An elderly, bearded man is pulling a bath chair and a cyclist parks his bike on the beach, while a brave young thing risks damaging her shoes on the pebbly shore.

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