A lover of photobooth photos, and there are a surprising number of us, is generally found to be a lover of booth related ephemera as well. These photos came to me in the charming little, folding, faux-reptile travel case illustrated below. The 3 photos of this stylish lady of the 1930s, were roughly cut down to fit the frames, with, as you can see, a varying level of success.
The fourth photo was missing from the series, so the seller added a random picture of a child to make the item more saleable. On receipt of the frame I was surprised to find that what I had assumed to be a leather or vinyl casing, was in fact paper. I was not disappointed. I paid a bargain price to secure it and I have never seen another like it since.
Artist and photobooth lover Meags Fitzgerald recently released a new stop motion animation that she made in a photobooth in Canada last November. Her artistry with the booth as her creative tool is very inspiring and quite wonderful. You can view it by clicking here. Once there, you will be able to explore her blog for more posts about her involvement with all things photobooth.
I will soon be posting more about Meags as she has a new photobooth inspired book soon to be released around the world. A must buy for photobooth fans!
Here is a wonder of my world. A clown that loves a photobooth! I actually don’t like clowns very much. They are a bit scary, too noisy and not terribly funny. However, for some reason that I cannot quite fathom, I like photos of clowns and people in clown party costumes. I have many party souvenir photos of clowns in formats other than photobooth strips. None of the sitters could be mistaken for real clowns.
Happily for me, I believe this is a real clown. He takes his job very seriously indeed. The photo above (the only one which I actually own) shows our man in a harlequin style outfit with a big ruffle. In the photos below, taken from the Ebay seller’s archive, he has two other costumes to show off. None of the images are of an extraordinary quality in terms of contrast, sharpness and tone but they are rare in the world of photobooth photos and thus much adored by me.
All these images are undated and originated in the USA, where else?
Another from the series.
Thanks to everyone who supported my blog through what was a lean year for posts due to my ill health. Hope is on the horizon for an improvement in, if not a cure for my condition. Next year will be an exciting one, I'm sure.
This young man has celebrated his first day at school with a trip to a photobooth to show off his first day presents – two School Cones. He doesn’t look especially pleased in this picture but he should have been.
A “Schultüte” or School Cone is a paper or plastic cone of gifts. When children in Germany and Austria set off for their first day at school, their parents and/or grandparents present them with a decorated cone that is filled with toys, chocolate, sweets, school supplies, and various other treats.
The tradition of the Schultüte can be traced back to Saxony (around 1810) and continues to this day.
Below is another photo from my collection of a little girl with her cone. She is looking more appropriately happy than the little boy.
March 1999, Melbourne
This is guide dog puppy Adam in his second photobooth shoot. He is one year old in these photos.
Adam would be almost 14 years old, now. He was returned to his family in Tasmania, who had looked after him for the first 10 months of his life. He was found to have elbow dysplasia and was therefore unable to complete his full training, and thus fulfill his role as a working guide dog.
His family were very excited to have him back, so I assume he has lived a good life as a family pet.
This is another polaroid photobooth photo. I have recently discovered that I have more booth polaroids in my collection than I had previously thought. Nevertheless, they are still rare in the world of booth photos.
I have no idea where in Melbourne this photo was taken. Due to the polaroid format, (most of the back is black), I was unable to find the space to write any of the particulars of this day out.
This strip is part of the series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.
From my collection. (Undated)
This handsome couple, Bella and Jay Emanuel, seen in a rare golden framed photomatic photobooth photo, were the owners and proprietors of fourteen US cinemas. They published two cinema trade titles – the Theatre Catalog and Motion Picture Exhibitor magazine and initiated the Laurel Awards.
The Laurel Awards were cinema awards to honor films, actors, actresses, directors and composers. It was created by Jay as part of Motion Picture Exhibitor magazine, which ran from 1958 to 1968, then 1970 and 1971.
The Senate Theater (on North Second Street, Harrisburg, Philadelphia) was one of the theatres owned by Jay Emanuel.
Below are more booth photos of Jay and Bella and a professional portrait by Mort Kaye Studio, taken on a night out in Florida.
These 5 booth photos were found online.
Jay and Bella at the Palm Beach Country Club in Florida. (From my collection. Undated)