I just found this. I’m sorry it is not a clean scan! I don’t own this photo but it is a sweet continuation of the New Teeth story, so I hope you will forgive the quality. It was taken on the same day as the last photo in the series and is a fitting conclusion to a little love story.
Above are two beautiful young ladies, most probably sisters, posing on a day out with an unseen grown-up. If the collars are anything to go by, they look to be wearing the same style of white shirt. The younger child, in front, is wearing a hand knitted cardigan over the untucked shirt and her sister is wearing what looks to be a velvet jacket with a very fine line of nice shiny buttons.
Below, on a different day the elder girl again poses in a photobooth. This time she is holding up a sign. I love the slightly quizzical look on her face as she looks directly at the camera, with a slight downward tilt of her head. I am looking for help from my German speaking readers, as I have no idea what is written on the chalk slate she is holding. Maybe the language isn’t German at all? It could be a school photo but with no date on it, I doubt it. Or could it be commemorating a first day at school? If so, and if this is indeed a German photo, I would have expected her to be holding a schultüte (school cone). You can see a schultüte and read about what they are at this link.
So to my German friends, I would be very grateful if you could tell me whatever you can about these pictures.
All the photos date to around the 1930s.
This strip is another gift from my friend Ted in the USA. Since we met through our respective blogs, Ted has been very generous in his gifts of unique and interesting booth images. I’m so grateful to him and feel a flutter of joy each time I pull out the things he has given me.
Using the clothes and hairstyles as my guide, I would guess these images date to the late 1930s or early 1940s. It is quite unusual to find a strip from this era that has not been cut into individual frames. In the early years after its invention, photobooth machines were mostly situated in shops that offered other photobooth related photography services, such as enlargements, duplicates and framing. The machines were operated by an attendant who directed the poses. Once the photos were developed and dry, they were cut and placed in an envelope for presentation to the customer. There were eight photos to a strip.
You can see that these images have been taken with the help of an operator. There is none of the random squashing-in you see in later photos when the booths were unattended. The three ladies have been carefully directed to their respective positions allowing for no part of their faces to be obscured. In the first two frames the direction was to look left, the next to look right and the final one to look ahead. Whether or not they followed the instructions is another matter! I love the subtlety of the changes in each image, particularly in the eyes. They give the pictures a lovely gentle, and warm atmosphere.
There are some lovely details in the clothing and accessories worn by these three women. The woman on the right has a magnificent brooch in the form of a butterfly or bird wings at her throat. The huge buttons on her jacket look metallic in their shine. Maybe they have a gilt finish? The lady on the left is also wearing a lovely piece of jewellery in the form of a large sparkling pendant along with a matching sparkling hair clip. The ruffled collar of the lady who is sitting in the middle could be hiding some more jewels.
Below are some links to other posts that feature photos of Ted or relate to Ted in some way. Enjoy!
Two Old Birds In A Photobooth – A short story by Ted Strutz
Ted’s Photobooth Story – A real life photobooth tale
Three-Time Academy Award Winner In A Photobooth – Another strip from Ted
I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this extraordinary photo. Perplexingly, no one else wanted it. Is that strange, or am I?
Umm. . . Please don’t answer that!
When I first saw this strip I thought it must’ve been a mock-up for a film or advertisement. Surely these two gals couldn’t be for real? Mustn’t this strip of images be a confection made by a jaded advertising man or a prop from a bad taste buddy movie? Once I had the strip in my hand I could see it was genuine. I also found other photobooth photos online from the same venue.
These women fulfill all the bad girl stereotypes – too much makeup, too many tattoos, too many rings, too little clothing, smoking, boozing, bleaching, artificially augmented lips – oh my god I adore them! The pièce de résistance is the cast on the brunette’s arm. Happily her wrist is not too sore to allow her to chug on a bottle of beer. If it had been, we wouldn’t have seen it, as in the strip below. A flash of tattooed thigh isn’t something you generally see in a photobooth either. Another big tick, thanks ladies!
Please scroll down for more. Sadly I don’t own the other strip of the same girls.
The strips were taken at the Cha Cha Lounge in Los Angeles. Below are two of the (less impressive strips) I found on social media.
Last year Tony Lamont, of the fascinating blog XrayPics, very kindly sent me three wonderful photobooth strips, all of which were taken at a Reading Cinemas digital photobooth. As well as being a consultant radiologist, Tony has two unusual hobbies. He creates artworks using anonymous x-rays as his source material and he performs Punch and Judy shows at festivals around Australia. For his performances he made all of the ten puppets including the clothing and the puppet booth. Tony tells us more about his work –
My latest puppet is more of a small doll, an image of Donald Trump who appears in the show and gets thrown off the stage into the toilet by the runcible Mr Punch. The audience claps every time. Meanwhile I am building a set of six puppets, for the “three little pigs”, I want to do the show in Italian for schools; I Tre Porcellini. I also have concept plans for a couple of tiny dancers which can be used for close-up pavement entertainment. These last are doing my head in! But my love will always be with Mr Punch and his lovely wife Judy.
One day I will bring Punch and Judy down to Melbourne, and you will have to come to see us.
I hope when Tony is in Melbourne I will be able to tempt him and his puppet friends into my favourite 1970s dip and dunk photobooth at Flinders Street Station.
You can see that Tony is highly skilled with his puppetry just by the expressiveness of these photos. I do find it fun that Tony’s performances are in the confined space of a booth, as are mine. That is if you think of what I’ve been doing in my photobooth photos as performances!
I love these quirky and funny strips. I feel very privileged to have them in my collection. Please scroll down to see more photobooth photos and some of Tony with his booth theatre.