Photographic booths

Made by International Mutoscope Reel Company in New York, New York state, United States, North and Central America, 1930-1940.

These photo booths allowed people to obtain instant images of themselves at a time when cameras and the development of film was relatively expensive. Booths like these were often found at public transport terminals.

Before the advent of digital photography, photos were taken by exposing light-sensitive film, then developing that film to produce photographs. People left exposed films at specialist stores or chemists who were agents for photo developers. It usually took at least two days for the...


Photographic booths (2) and parts, Mutoscope photomatic photo booths, metal / glass / fabric / ceramic / rubber, International Mutoscope Reel Co Inc, New York City, USA, 1930 - 1940

These two large sheet metal photographic booths with steel bases house electro mechanical apparatus that captured, developed and framed photographic prints.


Designed by the International Mutoscope Reel Co, Inc, New York City.

Manufactured by the International Mutoscope Reel Co, Inc, New York City.
International Mutoscope Reel Company 1930-1940


Gift of the estate of Keith & Eileen McPhee, 2002
9 September, 2002

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