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Monday, July 13, 2009

Photomat booths:

Back in the early 70's, you either developed your film yourself, or you took it to a Photomat booth. They went out of business decades ago. The above pic is the only one I could find, and I've been looking online since I started this site. The roofs were red and the buildings were usually painted yellow. On the roof was the word Photomat in large white letters. It also took about a week for your film to get developed. I believe they were open 24 hours. It's amazing that, even though these things were everywhere at one time, it's almost impossible to find a picture of one. I wonder if anyone under age 30, who drives around in the above neighborhood, even know that's an old Photomat.

6 comments:

Sans Pantaloons said...

Joe, if you search for Fotomat, your selection will get bigger!

Hairball said...

You know, I don't think we had one in my hometown, but I knew about them from Tv and movies.

champagnejayne said...

I remember that they used to have one in front of Jamesway ( this was upstate New York) and there were a million of them in Syracuse , usually in front of K Mart, or the strip malls.
Funny that my parents never used them, because they always got theirs done at Fay's ( Central NY drugstore) I remember the Fotomat in Oswego was turned into an ice cream stand about 1982.
Here, the Californians came up with some creative uses of them: I've seen a Fotomat converted into a watch shop in Hollywood and a check cashing place (!) in Van Nuys. There is one here in West Hollywood that is a locksmith!

joe said...

Sans: Thanks! It worked. You're GREAT!

Hairball: For awhile I thought the cashiers lived in them. I thought they were houses.

Jayne: I haven't come across any of these things in a long time. I was sure they'd all been demolished by now.

grannyann said...

I couldn't have told you what color they were. Glad you found a pic.

Anonymous said...

There is actually still one in Wichita Ks on the corner of Harry & Hillside.They have redone the outside, and have used it for various things over the years, it's now I think a check cashing buisiness. I still remember growing up in the 70's it was the fotomat. Im always suprised when I go over there they havent torn it down.

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