Monthly Archives: March 2013

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.


photobooth03-1999AdamGuideDogEditedMarch 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.

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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)

19 February 1999, Museum Station, Melbourne

Soon after Hawkeye went to doggy heaven, I was offered another puppy to train.

Adam had begun his journey towards being a guide dog in Tasmania, but due to changes in that state’s dealings with the guide dog association, he was repatriated to his home in Victoria where he continued his work with me.

Adam came for his first photobooth photo shoot within days of arriving at my place. He was 11 months old in this first strip.

This strip is part of the series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.

As part of the British Library’s Spring Festival 2013, the Central Saint Martins’ Fashion History and Theory final year students, have organised a Fashion Late evening on Friday, 1 March 2013. The event will showcase the British Library as a largely untapped resource for creative and fashion inspiration.

The first public screening of Dick Jewell’s film “Katherine Griffiths 1973 – …” is part of this event. Please see the link below for a promotional page for the film.



This small glass photo frame is one example of dozens of designs that were available at photomaton studios across America. The areas that appear to be grey in this scan are actually mirrored, making it an eye catching piece of decoration.

The subject of this photo looks to me to be wearing a Canadian uniform, rather than a US uniform but I really couldn’t be sure. Does anyone have any information on the subject?

The frame is 90 x 70 mm and the photo is a standard size booth photo measuring 40 x 50 mm.

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