Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Short History Of The Photobooth

A Short History Of The Photobooth


The first ever photobooth was created by T.E. Enjalbert, a French inventor who demonstrated his new creation at the 1889 World Fair in Paris known as the Exposition Universelle. His coin operated device delivered a glossy portrait within five minutes, but magazine La Nature claimed in 1895 that the portrait taken was poor quality and unrecognisable. Nevertheless, the novelty of the invention led to it being installed in several Parisian attractions, until eighteen years later Enjalbert’s patent product was renamed the Ashton-Wolff and was improved to produce portraits in a shorter time.

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Like many innovative products, it inspired several spin-offs across the world. In Italy a coin-operated automatic photobooth was patented in 1890, popular in amusement parks and fun fairs but ultimately unsuccessful in ensuring its own longevity. This is due to how many machines would fail because of coin jams and needed frequent repairs, ensuring that these first photobooth hire machines were never fully self-operative.

It wasn’t until 1925 when Russian entrepreneur Anatol MarcoJosepho patented the Photomaton, helping to make him a millionaire overnight. Using penny cameras and techniques inspired by his travels to China and Hungary, Josepho created the first photobooth which distributed photos in horizontal strips. Travelling to the U.S., Josepho went to Hollywood and Manhattan to find endorsements, eventually raising $11,000 to build a prototype which took eight minutes to produce eight photos.  When it was introduced in its own store on Broadway, it attracted over 280,000 customers in its first six months of opening, leading Josepho to sign a million dollar deal (worth $12 million today) in 1927 for the rights to his product.

The next twenty years saw over 30,000 of Josepho’sPhotomaton booths distributed across the United States. Popular amongst World War Two soldiers and socialites, as well as famous Governors and politicians, its universal appeal meant seventy factories were soon opened across the continent which specialised in the mass production of these machines. The Photomatons were also soon shipped across to Europe and Canada, leading to new developments and innovations, including the positioning of the stool, different sizes and allowing the machines to become fully self-sufficient by the 1960s, with no need for a photographer to assist with taking pictures.

The Photomaton was soon Americanised, creating a different business model in the 1940s known as the Auto-Photo, which used different chemicals and completely changed the workings of each booth. Replacing floodlights with strobe, different designs for photobooths were created and marketed to different industries and businesses, for example one model was created for the police to use for specifically taking prison mug shots. Colour photos were later introduced in the 1970s but faced fierce competition from Polaroid cameras, leading to the company being bought by a British business and being re-named Photo-me as a result of their declining popularity.

It wasn’t until the 1990s when sticker photobooths revitalised the craze for photo booth hire, proving extremely popular in Japan, China and across East Asia were they are known as purikura. Printing at a faster rate than ever before, pictures produced were also of a higher quality, eventually becoming popular across Europe in both their fun and formal variations.

Aside from their traditional uses across the globe for photographs needed for official documents like passports or driving licenses, today photobooths are undergoing a revival as a popular feature at weddings, parties and other social occasions. It’s therefore likely that with the help of new technologies, like 3-D printing and solar power, photobooths will continue to grow as a convenient and enjoyable form of photography for many years to come.

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Tell A Thousand Words – Why Images Are A Crucial Part Of Your Online Strategy

Tell A Thousand Words – Why Images Are A Crucial Part Of Your Online Strategy


When you read amount SEO and internet marketing, you will find that the focus is often very much on the way you write and the way you build links. Content is important because that’s what Google ‘reads’ when its indexing your site. In short, if you want Google to find your site easily then you need to ensure that there is lots of content on there for it to sift through and identify with. This will also help Google to know what your site is about, and of course it will give your readers good reason to visit your site and hopefully spend some time there reading.

But your articles aren’t the be all and end all of your internet strategy – not by a long shot. In fact, one of the most important elements of your online promotion is your choice of images which can have a huge impact on your success. Here we will look at why it’s so important to choose the best pictures for your site and at the various different ways this can impact on your site’s success.

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While most of your traffic will probably come from Google, that doesn’t mean that all of it will come from people searching your content. Some of those visitors rather will have been brought to your pages because of the images and will have found your site through looking for particular pictures. This traffic will be relatively low quality because they probably just want to see your picture and go, but some of those visitors will inevitably stick around so it’s still worth trying to attract these visitors.


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One of the biggest challengers for bloggers and webmasters is getting people to stick around and read a whole page rather than just glancing at it and leaving. The internet has trained us to look at websites and then just quickly leave once we’ve found what we want – our attention spans aren’t what they used to be. Thus if you can’t grab attention quickly and effectively, your site won’t have the lasting impact you want it to.

So what can you do? Well one solution is to use an attractive and interesting looking image that will reel your readers in. A good image should not only tell people what the article is about (and confirm that it’s what they’re looking for), but also pique interest and tell the visitors that your site is high quality and cares about production values.


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Finally, having great images can help with your marketing and allow your internet marketing services to do a better job. This is because the images will often serve as a preview on Facebook and other social media when your articles are being promoted. This makes the post catch attention when it’s set alongside lots of other posts and also tells people at a glance what the link is about. Along with a catchy headline and a well targeted audience, this is what will make sure those posted links are a hit and that you bring in thousands of potential customers.

Today’s guest post is courtesy Jake Cornwall. He is an SEO by profession and has vast knowledge about the nitty gritty’s of his profession. When he isn’t working, he likes to chil out with his family and friends.

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Many ways of turkey soup

Many ways of turkey soup


Turkey soup is for some families a must.

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  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach

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Preparation of soup:
Cook turkey in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble.
Add oregano, beans, broth, and tomatoes to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in spinach; simmer 5 minutes.

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