Kodak Fotomat, 1960's

  • Lance Laurie 7y

    after school we would knock on the window and RUN away. Photomat was VERY expensive , as I remember.
  • Thomas 7y

    This is Awesome!
  • BeckieH 6y

    The colour in this shot are gorgeous... was this photo actually taken in the 1960's?
  • Roadsidepictures 6y

    Check out this Fotomat commercial...

  • Roadsidepictures 6y

    What did Snow White say to the guy at Fotomat? Some day my prints will come...
  • Miss Shari 6y

    LOL - I was just reading MeFi and ended up here! It's about time MetaFilter discovered your greatness, Allen. :)

    (P.S. Check out my FB status. Any ideas?)
  • Roadsidepictures 6y

    Heh, yeah, I noticed this image was getting a lot of action today. I have no clue what MeFi is.
  • Lobby Film 6y

    This looks like the one on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. I used to work at the one on Sunland Blvd. in Sun Valley.
  • Miss Shari 6y

    MetaFilter(.com) showcases "the best of the web," sometimes with just one link, or sometimes with a bunch of links around one topic. (Like the Fotomat story.) You definitely qualify!
  • da90027 6y

    Awesome I love the Fiat too.
  • Smithsonian Institution 4y

    Thank you for the Creative Commons license! Your photo has been included in a blog post at the Smithsonian Institution Archives' THE BIGGER PICTURE: blog.photography.si.edu/2011/01/04/organizing-digital-pho...

    Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • da90027 4y

    Digital cameras have put just about every Photo shop out of business. In 1981 or I interviewed for a job at Fotomat but they didn't hire me, I don't know why, they probably did me a favor.
  • Charles Hathaway 4y

    and chance you could rescan this one in higher quality?
  • Rich 4y

    We had these in Georgia (I remember my parents using them in the early 80s when I was a kid) but they're all gone now... still have a bunch of 35mm prints in the FOTOMAT sleeves, though...
  • Dave L 2y

    I think every photo I ever took (until late 1980-something) was taken to the fotomat. It sat in the driveway of the local plaza, just like the one pictured above.
  • Tattoo Dave 2y

    I even love SAYING "Fotomat"! Thanks for posting this!
  • Tattoo Dave 2y

    Wikipedia has a picture of a derelict Fotomat as an example of one-broken down, abandoned, forgotten... TRAGIC! They should use this image instead!
  • fedglass fauxtostream / clicheographs exposed 1y

    Thanks for posting. I'll have to show this to my wife.

    She worked at a lab that used an old Fotomat drive through for customer drop off and pickup. The actual lab, that did one-hour as well, was only 20 metres from the drive through.

    I know someone who owns a Fiat like above. I've driven the car and it's great fun. Little more than a street legal go-cart!
  • InTheMist 9mo

    Cool memory, thanks for sharing it!
  • lindibess 9mo

    I worked in a Fotomat in Napa Valley in the late 70's early '80's
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