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I have never been much of a fan of Disney animated cartoons, having been much more taken with the Warner Brothers characters Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, than the goody two shoes Mickey Mouse and the angry and incomprehensible Donald Duck. However, give me a Disney character in a photobooth and it is all love from me.

Pinocchio is the creation of Italian children’s author Carlo Collodi, whose wooden boy was a lot less likeable than the Disneyfied version. I can find no reference to Disney buying the rights to use the story, so assume that no royalties were paid to the original creator or his descendants. In such circumstances was the Disney empire founded.

This photo was taken on December 28th in the same year the animated film was released, 1940. Pictured is a very handsome young man clutching his licensed character doll, which given the date of the photo, must have been a prized Christmas gift.

The photo, an enlargement of a  smaller photobooth image, measures 80 x 111 mm. It has been lightly hand coloured, with both the Pinocchio’s and the child’s cheeks highlighted with a lovely rose red.

Below is a scan of the back of the photo. Once again I am asking for help to decipher handwriting. Try as I might, I cannot work out what the first word is. I suspect it is either the name of the sitter or of the place where the photo was taken, possibly even the name of a store? I have added two scans with different toning, neither of which are very clear but they are the best results I could get from my aging scanner. The date December 28, 1940 is clear. Below that I think it says 3 years but I cannot make out the following word, nor understand why the year 1940 is written again. Any offers of help are greatly appreciated in the comments section. Thanks!

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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 on her blog by clicking here or by going directly to Vimeo.

If you visit Meags’s blog, you will be able to explore it for more posts about her involvement with all things photobooth. There are some fabulous things to be found there.

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!

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When previewing this post on my predominantly monochrome blog, the lurid orange of these gems came as a bit of a visual shock to the system. However, the colour is true to the originals which are in perfect condition.

Presumably a husband and wife (both photos came from the same estate), these are lenticular photos. My one other example of this rare type of photobooth item can be seen in this earlier post.

These 1940 World’s Fair Movie-Of-U souvenirs are made up of three exposures taken in succession on the same frame. The frame is placed under a lined sheet of acetate and when tilted appears to show movement.  In the flat position needed to make a scan of these images, it is not possible to capture the images separately.

When in action, the movement is fluid and really looks like a mini-movie.  In some ways they could be seen as a primitive version of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIFs) I used in earlier posts this month.

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This is another lady whose beautiful face and eyes draw me in. She is from Germany and given the cloche hat the date of the photos must be the 1920s.

This series of eight photos (many of the earlier booths took eight consecutive shots rather than the four we see today) is unusual due to all the original number being present. They look to be perfect for an animated gif but I thought I would try the slideshow option to see how that looked. If you hover over the image a control bar appears and you can fast forward through the images to get a bit of an animated feel. The original photos are below.

When I published this animation the other day, the movie was static until clicked. That opened a link to another page where the gif played and the image was very large. Apparently the size of the original files was the issue.

Thanks to Lemuel from the blog History Geek for telling me why it wouldn’t play automatically and for telling me how to fix the problem. If you are reading this blog you will likely find a lot to interest you at History Geek, so check it out here.

When I published this strip of photos the other day, the response was very positive. More than one comment suggested the photos would look good as a mini-movie, aka a gif animation. I don’t have the software to do it myself, so I used a free gif-maker web page. I like the result but more experiments with other, longer series of photos might give me more of that mini-movie look I’ve seen elsewhere.

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