W. J. Whyman


Bowling Green, Eastbourne

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Eastbourne photographer, specialising in supplying photographic materials, printing and developing. Whyman set up in business at 212 Seaside in about 1926, moving to 166 Seaside by 1936. He was still trading at the outbreak of the Second World War. His home by this date was at 17 Cambridge Road.

Whyman published a small number of sepia-toned real photographic cards of Eastbourne, with white borders and a serial number prefixed by the letter "W". The highest number reported is W39 on a multi-view card. The cards are labelled "Whyman, Publisher, Eastbourne" on the back.

The photographs on the cards were evidently taken in the mid or late 1920s as cloche hats are much in evidence. The earliest postmarks that have been reported are 1929 and 1930, but Whyman may have begun marketing the cards a few years before.

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