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Oyster stall, c 1930.


Oyster stall, c 1930.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A snapshot photograph of a beach stall attendant, taken about 1930 by an unknown photographer. A man stands at a stall selling oysters, whelks, shrimps and other seafood. Is he 'The Oyster King'? Fast food stalls at the seaside competed in selling fried fish, shellfish, pies and ice cream. A popular working clas snack in the nineteenth century, seafood stalls have often paved the way for permanent seafood outlets at coastal resorts. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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