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The 'image page' is where we put a changing variety of New Haven Railroad photographs and advertising material for you to enjoy. Be sure to check back here often because we plan to refresh these images on a regular basis.


The "PhotoMatic" Photo Machines

May 1st, 2004

In the 1930s a company called the International Mutoscope and Reel Company of New York City, a manufacturer of penny arcade games, nickelodeons, weight and fortune dispensers, and other coin-operated entertainment devices, developed a machine capable of taking a photograph and dispensing a black & white print in just a few minutes time.  The machine was called a "Photomatic", and they were frequently installed at larger railroad passenger stations, where for fifteen cents departing friends or family members could make a farewell portrait on-the-spot.

 The Photomatic machines used a wet photo developing process similar to what would have been used by a conventional photographer at that time.  Basically, the Photomatic machine took a picture with a built-in camera, then a motor driven mechanism took the photo frame, which had photographic paper attached to it, through a series of chemical and water baths that developed the photograph.  This explains the tray-like shape of the Photomatic photo frames. Photomatic photographs can be found today imprinted with advertising for the New Haven and other railroads.  All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Back The back of a Photomatic photograph with NHRR "script" monogram and passenger service advertising. Such photos were obtained at New Haven Railroad passenger stations. The metal rimmed cardstock photo frame measures 3 inches by 1 inch.
The front or photo side of a Photomatic photograph showing a woman dressed in typical travel attire of the 1940s.  Photomatic photographs found today are often under-exposed or show the effects of light-leaks, as is the case here. Front
South Station Photomatic machine in the waiting room at South Station during the immediate pre or postwar period.  Here's proof that a Photomatic machine was operational in Boston. These machines were also installed at New York's Grand Central Terminal and at other large passenger stations on the New Haven.

PAST IMAGE PAGES

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

August 2003: Travel Folders #2

July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

February 2003: Sleeping Car Service

January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939


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