The Phototeria - A Canadian Invention

Photographic Canadiana, Vol. 31, No. 1, May-June 2007

by George Dunbar


George Dunbar tells the story of the Phototeria, a photobooth invented by Canadian David McCowan in the late 1920s. The Phototeria featured a "complex mechanism which automatically loaded photosensitive discs into place behind the lens and then moved them through a wet chemical process which finally produced a round photo mounted in a shiny, mirror-like, metal disk."

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