Nowadays, photo booths are making a comeback and are gaining popularity day by day. They are now a common fixture during events – be it at a birthday party, a wedding reception, a corporate event or some other special occasion. However, did you know where it originated from? Here are some interesting historical facts about the now widely beloved photo booth hire.
Apparently, the very first functional photo booth, or a semblance of it which was known as a photographic machine back then, originates way back to March 1889! Despite the fact that this early version and some of its subsequent followers were barely workable and highly inefficient, it still became well-known. In fact, it made its first debut at the Paris World Fair! During its debut there, it made a huge impact and became a smashing hit that other developers/inventors decided to continue it and to make improvements to its design and technology. Remarkably, Conrad Bernitt, a German inventor from Hamburg patented his own original version and named it the Boscoe. He made this way back in mid-1890. Furthermore, Cark Sasse, who was also a German inventor, created an updated version using both negative and positive processes in and around 1896!
Americanized Photo Booths
A Russian immigrant named Anotol Josepho who arrived in America in 1923, first conceptualized a much more stark and modern version of the photo booth. It was the earliest makings and design of what is now globally known the photo booth. In his design, Josepho applied a container covered by a curtain and in a stroke of genius in American capitalism, he made his booth operable by coin. For merely twenty five cents (although at the time, this was already pretty expensive), an individual was able to get a series of eight pictures in roughly ten minutes flat! Eventually, his booth even reached Broadway in New York City and it became an instant hit! Within the first six months of its introduction, an approximate 280,000 people became fascinated with it and used it! Ultimately, by early 1927 a company called Photomaton was created. Their entrepreneurial mission? To be able to install the ‘modern’ photo booths nationwide!
Photo Booths Today
Today, photo booths can be found everywhere and anywhere. They are widely popular and used by people from all walks of life. However, research shows that the countries with the largest number of photo booths appear to be Japan, the United Kingdom and France. Other countries which also have a large number of photo booths include Spain, Benelux, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy and of course, the United States of America. In Japan and Europe, photo booths are typically found in areas with high foot traffic. For instance, they can be found in shopping centers, railway stations, supermarkets and etc. In America, they are mainly used for entertainment and social purposes and they are commonly found in boardwalks, parks, transportation hubs, arcades and lately, they can even be found in every social function imaginable.
This is just a brief outline of the colorful and rich history of the photo booth. Knowing its roots and origins may sound boring, but it will definitely help you appreciate it even more!