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    Four Brothers Photograph???

    The attached photo post card was a souvnier from 1933 Chicago World's fair.
    I see how this trick was done - four mirrors and some strategically placed black curtains.
    My question is does anyone know if this was a live shot or done in some sort of an automated booth?
    Did it have a name and was it done in other places - fairs, carnivals etc?
    Or was this a one off set up just for the '33 World's Fair?
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    If you look closely, you can see the seams from the first surface mirrors where they are butted together. This is a very repeatable effect, just need four large first surface mirrors to accomplish it. The camera position appears to be directly behind and square to the subject. You would have to play with the lighting set-up to avoid reflections and flair. My vote is for a live shot, as a novelty photo booth to send personalized post cards home to prove attendance.
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    You only need two mirrors don't you? The reflections at the far right and far left are the first reflections, the inside ones facing us are the second reflections. My first guess is that the mirrors would be set at 72 degrees to each other, but I might be wrong.

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    i second jford's view.

    mm

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    not 72 degrees, probably 144 degrees.

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    This is pretty fun. Actually isn't it 5 brothers?

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    I think you may be correct, I studied the photo a little closer, and it probably is two long mirrors. And yes, it should be five brothers. This would be fun to reenact for an art show, just have to figure out fast processing like a photo booth.

    And do not bring up the "D" word, this begs to be authentically reenacted for the era.
    Last edited by Rick A; 05-03-2011 at 08:21 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: added leave out d
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    You all are right it should be five not four but the man who sent this card wrote on the back "Me and my four brothers, enjoying first legal beer - Thanks, FDR

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    Would someone draw a picture of how the mirrors are set up?

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

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    Just photo shop it
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