#FlashBackBeauty: Vintage Photo Booth Portraits Were The First Selfies

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As selfie culture shows no signs of letting up, we decided to take a look back at an earlier form of the phenomenon of controlling one’s captured image.  Photo booth portraits are arguably that. 

The first automated photography machine was patented in 1888 by William Pope and Edward Poole of Baltimore.  For decades it remained the most popular way for people to capture themselves in the most intimate ways.  Check out some of our favorites below.

 

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Abi Ishola

Editor-in-Chief

Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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