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Phototeria at Jim McCowan's Barn

Items contains 88 digital images of the Phototeria taken at the Baldwin, Ontario farm owned by Jim McCowan (a distant cousin of the inventor, David A. McCowan), where the booth was stored until 2015.

Dunbar, George

Phototeria and Peter McCowan

Item consists of 25 photographs of Peter McCowan, son of the Phototeria inventor David A. McCowan, with various accessories from the booth. These include a portrait of Peter McCowan taken in the Phototeria, a lens, an instruction plate, and a crate that was used to store unexposed photographic discs used in the booth.

Dunbar, George

Phototeria interview with Peter McCowan

Item is a short synopsis of an interview that George Dunbar conducted with Peter McCowan, son of Phototeria creator David A. McCowan, in preparation for a 2006 article on the photobooth.

Dunbar, George

The Phototeria

  • 2015.24
  • Collection
  • 1925-2007

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.

McCowan, David A.

Phototeria advertisements

File contains advertisements and articles about the Phototeria and the Photette (the photographic disks the photo booth produced) from "Automatic Age" and "Coin Machine Journal", magazines that promoted automatic machines for sale as investments.

Phototeria articles

File contains digital reproductions of vintage and current articles featuring the Phototeria.

[Photobooth Strip of a Man]

Item consists of one black and white photobooth strip of a man in a suit and tie. There are three different frames. In the top frame, the man is facing left, in the middle frame he is facing forward and on the lower frame he is facing right. The focus of the image is somewhat off and the man never makes direct eye contact with the lens. Between the frames is an uneven black border.

L.S.H.LL 10 Years on General Principles [photobooth stip]

Item consists of a black and white photobooth strip of a man in a vest and tie. In all images he is looking to the left. On each frame is handwritten in pencil "813427" and on the back in the same handwritting is "L.S.H.LL 10 Years on General Principles". There is an uneven black border around each frame, and some damaged from fingerprints on the middle frame.

"Five-a-Minute and a Million!"

Item is an article about the Phototeria, written by Frederick Griffin and published in the Toronto Star Weekly on April 14th, 1928.

Griffin, Frederick