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Tokens of 8 Annas for photo booths 1927, India

no number in katalog -
Years of issue: around 1927
Signatures: no signature
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 1925
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): Diameter 23 mm
Printer: Unknown printer

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Tokens of 8 Annas for photo booths 1927




Tokens of 8 Annas for photo booths 1927


Tokens of 8 Annas for photo booths, issued approx. in 1927, with an Indian elephant.

Photomaton - A photo booth is a vending machine or modern kiosk that contains an automated, usually coin-operated, camera and film processor. Today, the vast majority of photo booths are digital. The patent for the first automated photography machine was filed in 1888 by William Pope and Edward Poole of Baltimore. The first known really working photographic machine was a product of the French inventor T. E. Enjalbert (March 1889). It was shown at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. The German-born photographer Mathew Steffens from Chicago filed a patent for such a machine in May 1889. These early machines were not reliable enough to be self-sufficient. The first commercially successful automatic photographic apparatus was the "Bosco" from inventor Conrad Bernitt of Hamburg (patented July 16, 1890). All of these early machines produced ferrotypes. The first photographic automate with negative and positive process was invented by Carl Sasse (1896) of Germany.

The modern concept of photo booth with (later) a curtain originated with Anatol Josepho (previously Josephewitz), who had arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 1923, with the first photo booth appearing 1925 on Broadway in New York City. For 25 cents, the booth took, developed and printed 8 photos, a process taking roughly 10 minutes. In the first six months after the booth was erected, it was used by 280,000 people. The Photomaton Company was created to place booths nationwide. On March 27, 1927, Josepho was paid $1 million and guaranteed future royalties for his invention.


Tokens of 8 Annas for photo booths 1927

Inscription: "Photomaton".


The tokens are metal, but what kind of metal it is is not yet clear.