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Old Fashioned Photo Booth

Old Fashioned Photo Booth

My great-grandfather Leo Healy takes several snapshots in different poses in a Worcester Massachusetts photo booth - circa 1915

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Photo Booth

A quick search of the newspaper archive shows a help-wanted ad from August 1917 for an attendant to run the S.S. Kresge (Kmart!) photo booth at 211 Collinsville Avenue in St. Louis. Wikipedia says the patent for the first automated photo machine was filed in 1889.

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I was not aware that there were photo booths before 1925. Some histories of 'photo booths' mention the 1925? US patent given to Anatol Josepho for his 'Photomaton.'
The first photo booth in Canada was patented by David A. McCowan in 1928. His 'Phototeria' was widely used at fairs and amusement parks across Canada.

George Dunbar (Toronto)

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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