Navigation Menu+
Twilight of One-Hour Photo, America’s Fastest-Fading Business
Read more

reprinted from BloombergBusiness No other business over the past 15 years has died off with the near-totality of the all-American photo shop. There are now just 190 left by Patrick ClarkPhotographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg9:23 AM PDTApril 30, 2015 Wan Lee, owner of OK Photo Studio, still has a few elderly customers who pay to develop film. His portrait studio now makes ends meet by sharing...

Read more
Here’s a Business That Really, Really Died
Read more

reprinted from newser.com (NEWSER) – Sure, the digital revolution has brutalized video-rental stores and slashed newsstand numbers in half—but consider the poor one-hour photo shop. Those friendly kiosks and stores have fallen off by a stunning 94% since 1998, the worst decline of all business categories in the US Census. “The photo business is dead,” says Dae Kim, whose Happy Photo in Queens, NY,...

Read more
Have you seen this man in Freehold?
Read more

reposted from Asbury Park Press In 1985, Joseph Barjudinas came here from Lithuania with a vision – that’s it. Now, he’s found his “bread and butter,” and the story is pretty incredible. When I call Joseph Barjudinas on a Friday morning, he spends much of the conversation apologizing. “Hold on Shari, I’m sorry, I have customers,” he says repeatedly. I hear someone else through...

Read more
Whatever Happened To … Fotomat?
Read more

re-posted from a Democrat and Chronicle article Back when everyone used film to take photos, they had to get their photos processed and printed somewhere. For a while, Fotomat was a popular place to do that. The company’s distinctive gold-pyramid-roofed huts were all over, typically as freestanding kiosks in shopping plaza parking lots. Customers would drive up to the Fotomat and drop off their...

Read more
Adventures of a boomer working at Fotomat
Read more

re-posted from BoomerCafe.com If you’re a baby boomer, then you remember Fotomat. It’s like a blast from the past. And Patricia Mavo, a freelance editor now of Boynton Beach, Florida, not only remembers Fotomat, but because as a young woman living on Long Island, New York, she had a Kodak camera and was a photography enthusiast, she worked at their kiosks on Long Island,...

Read more
3rd & Redondo, Long Beach, CA
Read more

Approximate address: 304 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814 Fotomat locations map: www.bit.ly/FotomatLocations Views: Google satellite view Google Street view Google Street view 2 Bing Bird’s eye view Bing...

Read more
HAZE-AWAY Headlight Restoration
Read more

HAZE-AWAY Headlight Restoration 331 N. Vincent Ave., Covina, CA 91722 Photos by: Jeff Chirino Fotomat locations map: www.bit.ly/FotomatLocations Views: Google satellite Google Street View Bing Bird’s eye view Bing street...

Read more
Auburn Plaza Shopping Center
Read more

Auburn Plaza Shopping Center Auburn, MA – Photos by: John Ames Fotomat locations map: www.bit.ly/FotomatLocations Views: Google satellite view Google Street view Bing satellite view Bing street...

Read more
Haight & Shrader – San Francisco, CA
Read more

Haight & Shrader – San Francisco, CA 1816 Haight St. San Francisco, CA 94117 GPS: 37.769535, -122.452044 Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Street view: www.bit.ly/YW2SOg Aerial view: www.bit.ly/1zm58Bz Thanks Frank McKown! Fotomat locations map:...

Read more
1977 Print Ad
Read more

1977 KODAK FOTOMAT FILM BOOTH Vintage Print Ad “Fotomat guarantees when they’ll come in and how they’ll come out. When you bring Fotomat or Kodak film in for developing, you get our Picture Pickup Promise. It tells you just how fast your pictures will be ready. We put it in writing. The date and the time. Then come on back as scheduled. If your...

Read more
Fotomat post card
Read more

50¢ OFF One one order of Kodacolor Print Processingone day service on most processingquality developing on every orderdrive-thru convenienceopen 7 days a week – 9 to 9(and don’t forget, we also have discount prices on color prints, color slides and sell Kodak Instamatic cameras at cost) G. E. flashcubes and bulbs Polaroid film (Swinger, Colorpak and regular) Super 8mm film and regular 8mm film...

Read more
Sunset on Fotomat: 1978
Read more

“Sunset on Fotomat: 1978” by rizzman1953 Bedford Plaza, Bedford, MA – circa 1978. This location later became a video store, but it’s gone now. — in Bedford,...

Read more
Fototicket
Read more

Excerpt from “Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped”: IN 1978 THE FOTOMAT CORPORATION, with its collection of nearly 4,000 drive-through kiosks, viewed itself as a natural fit for a ticketing network. Just as customers could drop off film and return a day later to retrieve finished photos without exiting their vehicles, so too, the company theorized,...

Read more
Fotomat Drive-Through Kiosk Looks For New Business
Read more

re-posted from the PopUpCity blogMonday 11 July 2011 by Joop de Boer Once upon a time, Fotomat was a widespread suburban phenomenon in the United States. With over 4,000 drive-through photo kiosks mainly located at parking lots nearby supermarkets or strip malls, their appearance characterizes the suburban spirit of the mid-eighties. Most of these remarkable Fotomat kiosks have been abandoned since the service provided...

Read more
Bathurst & Sheppard – Ontario, Canada
Read more

Stephen Cruise’s art installation at Sheppard Plaza that displays images of the community on screens displayed through portholes in the walls. Bathurst & Sheppard590 Sheppard Ave. W.Toronto, ON M3H, Canada 43.755710, -79.439003 Google Street...

Read more
Fotomat…What’s That?
Read more

re-posted from What’s Past is Prologue blogNovember 29, 2010 by Donna Pointkouski The following article first appeared on July 25, 2009 for my The Humor of It…Through a Different Lens column for Shades of the Departed.   footnoteMaven has graciously allowed me to reprint my Humor of It articles here on What’s Past is Prologue.  I’m currently on hiatus writing this column for Shades, but...

Read more
Fotomat Closing Down Here
Read more

re-posted from the Chicago TribuneSeptember 13, 1988|By David C. Rudd 270 To Lose Jobs In Chicago, Milwaukee Sept. 24 Those little Fotomat kiosks, formerly the hot ticket for snappy film processing, will fade into oblivion in Chicago and Milwaukee later this month, John Chase, president of Fotomat Corp., said Monday. Chase said the company will close 64 kiosks and stores in the Chicago area...

Read more
CHALLENGES FACING FOTOMAT
Read more

re-posted from New York TimesPublished: July 27, 1981 WILTON, Conn.— The Fotomat Corporation, whose blue and yellow kiosks are a familiar fixture in thousands of shopping centers nationwide, hardly needs more competition. In the fiscal year ending last Jan. 31, the company earned only $734,000 on revenues of $236.7 million, following a loss the year before of $4.7 million. It has not paid a...

Read more