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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Photography from Another Era
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 14:01:33 -0500
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Hi Philippe,

Yes, the man in white is my wife's father. Since all that I have is a print 
which appears to be from a 6x9, I must assume that is what it is, a folder 
of some kind.

"Hollywood Studio" was a creation of my wife's grandmother's imagination. 
She was of French-Canadian origin, and had lived in California for a short 
time, and felt that a California connection would help sell photos. Her 
husband came across the direct-positive photo concept in a Wisconsin 
store-front studio, and decided that a mobile version would bring in more 
income. They started with the concept shown here, and he eventually built 
one into a home-built travel trailer, which was so heavy that he had to buy 
an old Auburn roadster to pull it.  The Auburn consumed more oil than 

No one from Hollywood ever brought suit over the name.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Philippe AMARD" <philippe.amard at>
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] IMG: Photography from Another Era

> Fine souvenir of heroic times Jim.
> Is the gentleman dressed in white your father-in-law?
> Do you have an idea of the camera used then? 6 x 9 (cm) ?
> I guess that today's trade-mark issues were not on the agenda then - 
> there's no copyright notice for Hollywood studios, or did the booth belong 
> to them?
> I wonder what our children, great grand children will think of our times 
> ...
> Thanks for sharing
> Amiti?s
> Phili^^e
> Jim Nichols wrote:
>>During the years of the last great depression, people turned to many 
>>sources to provide for their families.  While digitizing some family 
>>photos from my wife's late grandmother's shoebox of prints, I came across 
>>this photo showing my wife's late father with the portable direct-positive 
>>photo booth that they transported to fairs and celebrations all across the 
>>Mid-West, providing affordable photos to the public, and a source of 
>>income for the family.
>>Comments and critiques welcomed.
>>Jim Nichols
>>Tullahoma, TN USA
>>Leica Users Group.
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