But no matter how complete the resource list, every now and then a nugget from an unexpected source drops out of the sky. In my case, my latest little nugget came from a query about a potential Christmas gift.
|Early photos came with a frame|
There are, evidently, a number of books on the photobooth – those little booths in malls that give you 4 pictures for (the 2010 equivalent of) $1. The most recently published book (August 2010) examines photobooth pictures of dogs.
|Mom's picture - |
no frame on this one though
(The frame's on Grandpa's pic)
So how is this a nugget, you ask? In having a look at the first few pages online, I found information about the photobooth – it was first introduced in 1927 and called the “Photomaton”. The connection – in going through family documents I found a couple of these pictures from the early 1930’s. While these types of pictures aren’t rare, I didn’t realize how new the technology was at the time. A little more insight into life in the 1930s.
Hmm, maybe I should take Landy out for a photobooth portrait…
OK, so the PM connection might be a little tenuous, but this is still pretty cool!
(And yes, the book is a good choice for Christmas - I'll add it to my Gimme List.)