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    It's passeport renewing time for me and thought I'd try it the old fashioned way. I went to a metro station and sat in a photo booth, put my money in, smiled, waited for the flash to come up, and waited the requisite three minutes before receiving my prints.

    Well this thing is so old I can't even figure out where they would get the supplies anymore. My photo was printed on a warmtone B&W paper that had that weird textured plasticky surface like a beehive that I have seen often on old family snapshots. Best of all things, the print was damp when it came out of the machine. And the emulsion seems not even panchromatic because my face is way more wizened than I really am (I'm rather pallid).

    In the end I did not use it because it was badly exposed and I didn't have change left to re-do the shoot, but I will keep the photo because I can tell my grandchildren about my life in the fifties...

    I wonder what kind of supplies these things use. Is that a negative/positive process or simply a direct reversal on paper stock? The tones are very smooth and soft, the edges slightly diffused. Think I'll go back to play with my new "camera" !

    BTW, if you're in Montreal, it's the booth at Place-des-Arts station, just near the Jeanne-Mance exit.
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    You should post the images in this thread?

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    Wow! I haven't seen one of those photo booths in decades!

    You should take a picture of the booth itself - your grandkids will never believe you otherwise!

    EDIT: FYI. I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_booth

    But unfortunately it doesn't give any info on how the pics are processed.

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    I'll post some scans later today when I'm at the uni library, but meanwhile I've found the information about the surface I was looking for: it's Kodak's "Y" surface, which is described by the Darkroom Dataguide as

    "Y: Simulates silk, is popular for wedding photography. Also, a very attractive medium for expressing brightness in snow scenes, seascapes, etc."
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    I saw the inside of one once; it was a bunch of metal trays on a rotating platform, with a roll of paper inserted. There was a light bulb inside (id say 15 watt-ish), but im not sure if it was for reversal or for helping people reload it.

    I only got to see it for a minute or two, so I didnt go see how it works.

    Would be interesting to find out though.

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    There is one in a store near my house, 4 exposures for a dollar. I Make a point to use it every time I am in the store. It makes really great noises, my 4 year old loves it

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    Here's me!

    Here's the scan, you might be able to detect the textured surface of the photo from it. It's a pretty nice warmtone I must say, although the photo is badly exposed.
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    Shouldn't there be a # in the picture? The police usually do that. Oh, this wasn't a police mug shot, just a plain mug shot, right?

    Seriously, many of these used a direct reversal paper that Kodak once made. The color version was trade trialed in France and the name was expected to be Direktachrome. This method was also used in Kodak instant products.

    Direct reversal emulsions held a lot of promise and then were abandoned due to the death of instant, and the number of technical problems inherent in their manufacture.

    IDK what this booth uses, or if it is direct reversal who makes the product. There was another product that used a lamination method to get positive images. This was sold by Kodak under the Bi-Mat name and was used for early space imaging.

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    Michel,

    Very interesting look to the images. Thanks for posting them. I wish we had one where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Shouldn't there be a # in the picture? The police usually do that. Oh, this wasn't a police mug shot, just a plain mug shot, right?
    You know I was thinking exactly the same thing, and this booth would be an excellent tool to make fake mugshots!
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    "One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11

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