These two happy ladies had their portrait taken in a photobooth, somewhere in Germany, on the 15th of April, 1929. The cloche hats they are wearing were derided as unflattering by contemporary cartoonists and columnists alike. It didn’t stop their popularity!
The cloche was invented in 1908 by milliner Caroline Reboux. They became popular from about 1922 to 1933. Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for bell.
Here are three more examples of my Photomaton postcards.
The young lady in the booth photo is wearing fashionable clothes of the late 1920s or early 1930s. She wrote a message on the back, which reads –
Dear Beatie and George. We are having a fine time. Hoping all is well at home. With love from Mayme
The writing is in a childish hand, so the sitter may be a lot younger than she first appeared to me. I had thought late teens but she could possibly be as young as 13 or 14. Her name is difficult to decipher. It could also be read as Mayne. Neither that, nor my first guess are familiar female monikers, so maybe neither is correct.
Below is another example of an unused card. To see some other examples of this type of card please click 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 110 x 80 mm photobooth image is probably an enlargement from a standard sized smaller original. Photobooth machines were originally to be found in photographic studios that offered extra services such as framing, hand colouring and enlarging of your strip of pictures.
Being only 6 1/2 years old I imagine Robert Richard Rotowski’s hat was worn only for the sake of this photo. However, given that it fits so well and he is generally so finely dressed, it may have been a hat he wore regularly. I have another hand coloured image of another boy wearing the same type of hat, from the same era. Maybe it was the fashion for kids to dress like their da’s back then?
If anyone can tell me the name of this type of hat, I’d be grateful! Is it a homburg, a trilby or something else?
A lovely snap of two ladies who were obviously really close. A Grandma and her Granddaughter perhaps? So sad that no one cared enough to keep it in the family. Read More