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Mommie's Dearest: 1957

Mommie's Dearest: 1957

Here I am in 1957 with my mother in a photo booth. Have a seat, close the curtain, drop a quarter in the slot and you get four consecutive photographs automatically. I don't know where this booth was. Perhaps at a Woolworth's? The image printed directly onto specially-treated paper that went through a chemical bath. No film or negatives existed. And no intimidating photographer. The photo-booth pictures I have are good quality considering how they were made, with no apparent fading. My guess is that the booths must have required frequent maintenance. View full size.

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Great Pensive Look!

It looks like you're thinking, "Gee-I wonder what I'll look like on the internet in 60 years?" Thanks for sharing such a terrific photo!


In my younger days I was in charge of taking care of the photo booth. You had to change multiple cylinders of chemicals. Afterward I would take test shots of myself, later to be used for my gun renewal application. So I was always around 19 in my pics. I finally ran out of them.

Spin, spin, spin

Don't forget to spin the seat to lower or raise it. My first girlfriend and I had our picture taken at Woolworth's. Happy days.

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