Saturday, August 06, 2005

Sit Down and Say Cheese

Apparently the hottest craze these days in Hollywood (where else?) is the Photo Booth.

That's right, the good, old fashioned, right out of the 1950s Photo Booth. But not just any run of the mill Photo Booth, but a black and white, dip and dunk version of the booth. Seems many bars in Tinseltown have these installed and charge anywhere from $1.50 to who knows how much for a strip of four photos. The manufacturers of the dip and dunk machines stopped making them in the '80s.

The first Photo Booth was patented in the U.S. in 1925 by an immigrant from Siberia named Anatol Josepho. He sold the patent two years later for $1 million. Not a bad deal, huh.

The booth we're all familiar with from our childhoods (ok, maybe not all of us, but I'm sure you've heard of them) was invented by I.D. Baker and Gupp Allen in 1946. It was a variation on Josepho's original design.

The largest supplier of dip and dunk Photo Booths in the U.S. in the '60s and '70s was a company called Photo-Me USA. They are still in business making booths today. You can rent one for about $2,000. Or if you are so inlcined, you can buy one for $3,500 to $9,000.

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