Related Formats and Products which came after the Midget, Stamp and Stickyback
Walking Pictures or Walkies
Following on from these tiny early 20th century portraits we can discern a number of other photographic products and trends. Walking Pictures is a generic name for the candid unposed images taken of visitors and holidaymakers walking in the street, usually at holiday resorts. They were snapped then accosted by the photographer who would give them a ticket to collect their prints later from a nearby studio, prints on offer included postcards which could be sent to those left at home. This is an excellent site on walking pictures https://gohomeonapostcard.wordpress.com/: a couple of example walking pictures are shown below.
Tiny photos were also produced by photo booths. (automatic or semi automatic machines used to produce multiple portraits in minutes). We have material on photo booths here.
A product often mistaken for the photo booth photo is the Polyfoto - more on which is here.
Another similar product is the passport photograph. British Passports included a photograph from 1914. From 1926 the passport photo had to be full face with no hat and a size was specified. In 1932 Cambridge Photographers Ramsey and Muspratt were charging 3/6d for three passport photos, probably a typical studio price at that time. This link will take you to an article about UK passport photos: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30988833.
Ping Pong photos or Penny Portraits produced in the USA
This https://griffonagedotcom.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/ping-pong-photos-an-introduction/ is a superb article by Patrick Feaster about "Ping Pong Photos" or "Penny Portraits" in the USA . In the United States “Ping Pong” or “Penny Portraits” were names applied to those studios producing portraits in the format of small, very inexpensive, photos or postcards for the masses. (i.e. similar in many respects to UK Stickybacks) Such studios could be found at US seaside or other holiday resorts. The name “Ping Pong” was derived from the photographer clicking the back of the camera back and forth into predetermined positions to expose a small part of the plate in each shot. Neither phrase has been found in the British Newspaper Archive. Photo historian Orla Fitzpatrick in her brilliant “Jacolette” blog for Sept 2011 has a post highlighting a postcard portrait of a young lady by the “American Ping Pong Studios” at 33 Upper O’Connell St , Dublin. Ping Pong portraits were printed in strips, but, as with photo booth portraits, each image was different, unlike strips of stickybacks, which were usually multiple prints of the same image.
www.stickybacks.uk is a non-commercial web site for local and family historians, exploring smaller sized portrait photographs and those who worked in this trade.
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