People have been loving and enjoying photo booths for over a century now. The photo booth has become a hall mark of enjoyment and making memories last from parties. We thought you would be interested in a brief history of how the photo booth came to be.
1889: The first known photo machine was featured at the World Fair in Paris. This coin-operated device would develop a ferrotype, a photo transferred onto a thin sheet of metal, in about five minutes.two boys posing in an old time photo booth photo strip
1896: First automatic photo machine with a negative and positive process invented in Germany.
1925: Russian immigrant Anatol Josepho built the first curtain-enclosed photo booth in New York City. After creating a successful prototype, Josepho opened Photomaton Studio on Broadway, which had three photo booths with attendants and attracted thousands of customers in its first months of business. For 25 cents, people could get a strip of eight photos in about eight minutes. Photo booths spread throughout the United States after this success. “A March 1927 headline of The New York Times read: ‘Slot Photo Device Brings $1,000,000 to Young Inventor.’ The deal, worth $12 million today, also guaranteed future royalties for his invention,” according to Behind the Curtain: A History of the Photobooth by Mark Block.
1927: Photo booths spread to Canada and Europe.
1958: Auto-Photo Model 11 Photo Booth was developed for ID, police, and prison mug shots. It had no curtain and included a number beside each photo on the strip.
1960s: Andy Warhol began manipulating photo booth portraits in his artwork, the first artist to do so. He kept hundreds of photo booth strips of friends and muses, reinterpreting the black and white pictures with color, enlarging, and line drawings.
1968: Users could operate the photo booth themselves—up until this point an attendant would adjust the lens and help people pose for their pictures.
1970s: Introduction of color photo strips.
1990s: Photo-Me starts marketing digital color photo booths that used a computer to print strips faster.
Today: Photo booths have come a long way, and at PhotoSnap we plan on taking them farther than ever. What started out as a machine that could take and print you pictures, has now become so much more. The reason why photo booths were and always will be a hit is because of how it connects people together, through amazing experiences. At PhotoSnap we have built on that, and now give you the ability to connect and make amazing experiences not only through printed pictures, but through GIF's, Boomerangs, Shots, and Video. All in one booth!