Two Old Birds In A Photobooth by Ted Strutz

Last week I published two strips of photos from Ted Strutz in the USA. It was accompanied by a witty history of their creation. The success of that post lead to an idea – would he be willing to write a short story about one of the strips from my collection?

Below Ted has used his creative writing talents to illuminate the booth images, below, using two of his favourite characters Ethel and Cheryl.  They do so look like an Ethel and a Cheryl don’t they? Please enjoy his story…



“Cheryl!!!” (said in a whisper)

“What???” (a whisper back)

“What am I supposed to do?” (still whispering)

“What the hell are you talking about, Ethel?  Why are we whispering?” (a little louder)

“I’ve never done anything like this before.  (still whispering)

“Stop whispering, dammit. It’s a photo booth for God’s sake!!! What did you think we were doing?” (increasing louder)

“I know it’s a photo booth, Cheryl! I’ve just never done it before. Where do I look?” (normal tone)

“Here, where it says ‘Put Eyes At This Line’!!!” (very loud)

“Now what do I do?”  (normal voice)


a light flashes…

 Please click HERE to see the original post on Ted’s blog where you will find many other stories and more of the adventures of Cheryl and Ethel.

If anyone else would like to write a small piece using some of my photobooth photos (chosen by me, emailed to you) as a prompt, please get in touch!

  1. Wow… you are fast! I just posted this. This was my favorite of the three.

    Hey, guess what? I found some more strips today… a third one with Cheryl, and one with my girls among them.


    • It was a great choice, Ted. I like the way this linked into the writing prompt you had and into the previous story about Cheryl and Ethel about the “usies” on the I-phone.

      Wow! More strips? Would love to see them…


  2. Oooh, I love the affection and the sense of fun captured here. It feels like there is a shared history between the ladies.


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