This young cowgirl was snapped in a photobooth at the Kellogg’s stand at the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. The expo was a World’s Fair held at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas (USA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Texas’s independence from Mexico in 1836. It was widely credited as protecting the state from the worst effects of the Great Depression due to the huge number of jobs it created.*
In my collection of unusual photobooth novelties, this is a favourite. The certificate gives an indisputable provenance to the photo, superb cultural details, (I love the pledge), date and best of all, the name of the sitter, Ann McDaniel. With the booth decorated with a marvellous faux log cabin backdrop, the hat prop and undoubtedly long queue before the sitting, this must have been a very exciting experience for Ann. A treasured souvenir, given that it is still here after 75 years, it is a shame she didn’t have children or grandchildren who loved it, too.
*Thanks to Wikipedia for that info!