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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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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.

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