Collection 2015.24 - The Phototeria

Photographing Machine, Patent #289763: Claims Photographing Machine, Patent #289763: Drawings Photographing Machine, Patent #289763: Description "Five-a-Minute and a Million!" "The Phototeria - A Canadian Invnention" Photographic Canadiana, Vol. 31-1 1 "Phototeria a Fast Mint" "A Self Operating Photo Studio" 1 Automatic Age article 1 "Photette by Phototeria" Phototeria booth and accessories "Slot machine makes perfect portraits"

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The Phototeria

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  • 1925-2007 (Creation)
    McCowan, David A.

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1 booth : photobooth ; 76 x 122 x 183 cm.

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David McCowan

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Collection consists of an automatic photobooth, and material related to its original function. Designed by David McCowan and patented on May 21, 1929. The collection includes vintage articles and advertisements, photographs of the booth and members of the McCowan family, the booth itself, along with related accessories.

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Items donated by Ann Wakelin and Jim McCowan, George Dunbar, and Bruce McCowan.


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Patent number 289763, registered in the Canadian Patents Database:

Photobooth : a Biography by Meags Fitzgerald. Greenwich, NS: Conundrum Press, 2014.

Photobooth : the art of the automatic portrait by Raynal Pellicer. New York : Abrams, c2010.

American Photobooth by Nakki Goranin; forward by David Haberstich. New York: W.W. NOrton & Co., 2008.

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