Mathew Stiffens filed the patent for the first automated photography machine in 1889 and during the same year Monsieur Enjalbert demonstrated a similar machine in Exposition Universelle in Paris, France. Though these machines were not reliable enough to be self-sufficient.
The modern concept of a photo booth with a curtain, screen or other material covering the background and entrance originated with Anatol Josepho in 1925 with the first photo booth appearing on Broadway Street in New York City.
In 1925, the Siberian immigrant Anatol Josepho had an idea for a small curtain enclosed booth where people could take affordable portraits anonymously and automatically. The photo booth was born. Within 20 years there were more than 30,000 in the United States alone, an explosive growth due largely to World War II, as soldiers and loved one exchanged photos, hoping to cling to memories or moments in a world turned upside down. But by the 1960s the advent of Polaroid photography spelled the doom of the four strip that had become a fixture at arcades and drugstores everywhere.
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