In 2000, Jane Bown recalled “I was on holiday, going down a country lane in Norfolk, when I saw this couple enjoying an ice lolly. The best pictures are always on holiday”
Jane always described herself as a “hack”, and she knew she had to take information back to the office, along with her film.
The photograph appeared as a standalone on page 6 of the Observer on 2 October 1966. The caption read: “The last post for Mr Vincent Sandell and his wife, Gladys. They became redundant yesterday because vans will take over their mail delivery rounds in Norfolk. They shared a last break on a log in the village of Burnham Overy. Now 63-year-old Mr Sandell may go back to his old trade as a saddler.”
This was one of Jane’s favourite photos of all time.