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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all.

Photo Credits –

  • Pressed metal, naff, Canadian souvenir, moose sign – local garage sale
  • Altered, pressed metal, naff, Canadian souvenir, moose sign – Katherine
  • Father Christmas hat – $2 Shop 2014
  • Papier-mâché deer – Riot Arts and Crafts shop 2015
  • Original 1960s Xmas wrap to decorate deer – bottom of Kate’s mother’s wardrobe
  • Decorated papier-mâché deer – Kate
  • Xmas red spectacles – Alex Perry – Spec Savers, two pairs for $199 (bargain)
  • Make-up – Lancôme, Body Shop, L’Oréal (Because I’m worth it – yeah, ok Jane Fonda)
  • Strawberry mararoon/macaron – Maccas’s® Australia‎ (Unusually good – Kat couldn’t waste it after the deer refused to take a bite, now could she?)
  • Photobooth – Photo-Me, Southland, Cheltenham
  • Concept, Christmas jollies and ho ho hos – Kitty

Thanks for visiting and liking my blog!

Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

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Catherine at 16

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Catherine at 17

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Catherine at 18

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Catherine at 18. To a sweet boy, Catherine … (?)

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Catherine at 19

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Catherine at 20

This is Catherine. Catherine comes from the USA. She was very curious about the new Photomaton machines she had read about in the news. When the first booth arrived in her town in the mid 1930s, she was one of the first to try it out. Each year, on the anniversary of her first visit, she would sit for a new strip of photographs. She added them to an album, where she kept a page especially for her booth photos.

Catherine was sweet on a boy when she was 18 years old. She had a photobooth portrait hand coloured to give him, but being shy, she lost the courage, so ended up keeping it for her album.

At the age of 20, sick of her lack of confidence, she decided to try a new look. Her dad said she was a beautiful young woman who had sabotaged her looks with those dreadful eyebrows, heavy eyeliner and dark red lipstick. Her mother said, “It is the fashion, dear. Let her be.”.

If anyone can work out what Catherine’s surname is, please let me know. I have tried many combinations of letters but none of them come up with a name recognised by any of the genealogy sites on the net.

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I love his terribly serious expression and crooked tie.

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This is a special item in my photobooth photo collection. It is always great to get a pic with an ornamental frame, even better if the frame is dated, as is this one. Making this photo even more special to me, is that it is accompanied by a detailed card that identifies the sitter, the event and the sitter’s status at the event.

On top of all that, I found inside the holder for the card, a fragment of newspaper (below) that tells us that chair-pushers had to pay for their own uniforms and that they were paid $0.30 per hour, being an average of $10 per week. Even in 1933 I would imagine that was not great pay. Given that Karl kept that bit of news, one could conclude that he was employed as a chair-pusher at the event.

The Century of Progress Exposition ran in Chicago for two seasons from 27 May, 1933 to 12 November, 1933 and from 26 May, 1934 to 31 October, 1934. Originally intended to showcase Chicago’s past, the exposition came to symbolize hope for Chicago’s and America’s future in the midst of the Great Depression. I imagine the job opportunities for young people this event offered, might have been one of the few prospects they had of getting employment during this difficult time.

Using my less than proficient search skills, I managed to find a US census record for 1940 that names a Chicago resident, Karl Ek, who was born in 1914. It could be the same Karl, as from the image he appears to be in his late teens or early 20s, fitting in well with the date of the photo. Interestingly the Karl named in the census had a sister named Winifred who was also born in 1914, making it possible that this Karl was a twin. The actual birth dates including the day and month were not listed in the report I found. If not a twin, one could imagine that he had a very fertile mother and an overly eager father. Or a very fertile father and an overly eager mother.

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The card in its folder. It is embossed on the front with the title of the event. Unfortunately it wouldn’t scan well.

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This battered example of a photobooth photo has great appeal for me. It puts me in mind of a Marx Brother’s film (any one of them, really), where an unbearably posh woman is ridiculed and tormented by Groucho, only to fall for his charms. She is the straight ‘man’ to his clown.

Who are these two and what was the occasion that took such an unlikely pair to a booth? Her face is rounded and attractive. She appears to me to be gentle and motherly. She is wearing a fur trimmed hat and a fur collared coat, set off with a collection of large costume jewels. Why is she with this, possibly drunken, sailor?

I have no idea about naval ranks, but isn’t this the uniform of a very young seaman? He looks way too old to be in this outfit. So was this a fancy dress party?

I cannot figure these two out. I love them nevertheless.

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1 November 2002, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre

Whilst living in the UK, I briefly returned to Australia to be bridesmaid for my bestie Petrina. We snapped this strip of photos whilst out buying bits and pieces for her special day.

This group of photos comes from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here. I am still adding to this project using mostly digital booths to create the images. The project is now close to entering its 44th year. Could it be the world’s longest photobooth project?

 

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This utterly gorgeous booth photo was one that got away. (Melodramatic sob!) I don’t have any photos of Father Christmas in a photobooth to call my own.

So what do I want for Xmas this year? You guessed it! You have to have a cool US $100 or more to buy one of these rarities on Ebay.  I will forgive you if you don’t buy me one.

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