Just a regular vintage snapshot? Actually not. It was taken by a commercial street photographer somewhere in London in 1934 (if by any chance you know the street do get in touch). The mother was then handed a numbered ticket and returned later that day to see herself on a print and liked it enough to buy it. It was taken by a firm called Sunny Snaps, who operated Kiosks and from shops in London and along the South Coast up to around 1949.
This candid and unposed portrait is typical of these ‘walking pictures’ or ‘walkies’ as they are now known. I’ve been working on the design for a cover of a new book devoted to the images, and you can see how the final cover was arrived at on the site, and find out more about the photos as well.
There is an earlier Walking Picture post on the site and more examples in our photo galleries.