Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mystery photo that might have come from an early photo booth

Here's another mystery photo from the family archives. It's likely between 80 and 90 years old. It's tiny, measuring a little less than 2½ inches wide, and it looks like something that might have come from an early version of a photo booth. (According to Wikipedia, the first "modern" photo booths appeared in the United States around 1925. For 25 cents — about $3.40 today — you got eight printed photos and had to wait about 10 minutes. This webpage has some early 20th century photo-booth strips that look similar to this one.)

The identity of this teenager or young woman in unclear. It was probably a friend of my great-grandfather or great-grandmother. There's something scrawled across the bottom in black ink, but it's difficult to decipher.

(At first glance, I thought the name there was "Lois Lane," but that's obviously not right. It could be Lois as the first name, though.)

Here's a closer look at the two photographs, including that heavy fur coat. If you think this might be your long-lost Great Aunt Lois, please leave a comment!


  1. It looks like "Lois Mue" to me. There was a Lois Mue who would have been about the right age (born 1908) who lived in North Carolina in 1940.

  2. She looks beautiful... if only we could step into the photograph... Love this blog!