old woolworth photo booth strips

These were taken during the 1960's (my brother's from the 50's). They are from the automatic photo booth that was located in the basement of the F. W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is the same Woolworth of the famous civil rights sit-ins. The location is no longer a store but an International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

When I was a child, we commonly went downtown on Saturdays for lunch, shopping, and a movie. My brother and I would always try to go to the Woolworth photo booth for our strip of pictures for 25 cents. There must be dozens of these strips around somewhere, but these are the only three I've found so far. If someone else was in the booth, it was common to quietly stick your hand through the curtain and try to do bunny ears (or the bird) over the person's head.

Instant photos weren't very common back then, so the machine was a rather popular sensation. I remember hearing it clank and bang inside as it developed the pictures. After a few minutes, your damp strip of pics would slide out the slot. The strips always smelled good to a kid (processing chemicals). :devil:

My brother and I are in the pictures below. I won't say who is who. ๐Ÿ˜€

Woolworth Photo Booth Strip

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Woolworth Photo Booth Strip

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Woolworth Photo Booth Strip

21 responses to “old woolworth photo booth strips

  1. I guess you were the white one ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Originally posted by pthhieubilly:

    I guess you were the white one

    Maayyyybeee ๐Ÿ˜†

  3. Love these things. I'm hoping I can find the few we all had taken way back when. It would have been in the 50s. There was always one at the state fair every year.Do you know there's still photo booths in the malls? I'm sure there was one or two in Metro Center and, while sipping a latte in the West Acres mall in Fargo the other evening, I noticed one there. Hmmmmm…..it's been a long time since I've been in one of those. I should try it again. Hahaha……I'll be sure to wear my Tazmanian Devil snow hat.

  4. My mum got devoced when I was baby and re married when I was six or seven, any how cash must have been tight and they had their photos taken in one of these photo booths. I still find that really sad some how

  5. Originally posted by Stevepr203:

    I still find that really sad some how

    I hear ya. When I go through the box of old pictures, I always have to brace myself. It has fallen to me to be the family archivist. For some reason, scanning and posting them makes me feel better.

  6. Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    Do you know there's still photo booths in the malls?

    I still see them around sometimes. I've never been in another one since Woolworth's. After all the decades of Polaroids, and now all the phone-cameras, instant pics aren't so strange to me anymore.By the mid to late 60's, everybody I knew had a Polaroid Swinger camera. Quick black & white pics suddenly became easy.Even in the 80's and 90's a Polaroid was still a nice thing to have. You could take wild pics that you didn't want to send out for processing.

  7. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    It has fallen to me to be the family archivist

    Same here. I had spent the last five years somewhat organizing 100 yrs of photos. I can hardly believe that after the move, it must be started all over again. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ :faint:

  8. Originally posted by JanndeSmit:

    You're on top yes?

    You got it!top = memiddle = brother (probably)bottom = bothThe middle one (brother) was confusing. I wasn't entirely sure. I showed it to my mother to confirm, and she said it was my brother, but I'm not sure she was 100% sure. He was such an appearance changer through the years. It could be me. Weird how things like that can be doubtful. I'm still leaning towards it being my brother.

  9. priceless #2 :sherlock:

  10. Oeh, I like this. You're on top yes? Or not? Don't care, it's beautiful you and your brother. ๐Ÿ™‚ here is one of me:"

    An old family portrait
    ๐Ÿ˜€ :heart:

  11. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    You got it!

    Yes ๐Ÿ˜† :up:

  12. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    By the way, you look cool in that dress. KIDDING!

    ๐Ÿ˜† Did you see that little guy in the back? With the suspensers? That's me ๐Ÿ˜† Those lovely ladies in front are my wife and daughter :heart:

  13. Originally posted by JanndeSmit:

    here is one of me

    That's a nice looking group. By the way, you look cool in that dress. KIDDING! ๐Ÿ˜†

  14. That's a sweet pic. :heart:

  15. that was when I was 3 years old, taken in front of a neighbor's house ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. one more

  17. Adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Memories are forever! Happy New Year! Cheers, Pete

  19. you and your brother who is younger?

  20. Originally posted by pthhieubilly:

    you and your brother who is younger?

    I am.

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