You ever notice those stand alone booths in parking lots of suburban shopping centers. They had pyramid roofs and can hold maybe one person snugly, and have a drive up window (and usually devoted lanes for a car to drive up). Those were Fotomat stands. Fotomat was started by Preston Fleet in the 1960s in California, as a chain of drive-up photo development booths where people could drop off their film and pick up the developed pictures the next day and buy film. The booths spread all over the Country, and by 1980 there were over 4,000. Knockoffs of the kiosks even had cameos in movies like Back to the Future and Police Academy. After a little while the booths also offered VHS tapes for rental.
By the end of the 1980s, the technology used to develop film advanced making the booths outdated. Minilabs were showing up in CVS and Walgreens stores and having 24 hour turn around times. Digital photos then completely killed the business. Most of the booths shut down and reopened with other stores inside. This one, on the border of Herricks and Williston Park on Long Island, became a drive-up flower shop, but looks shut down now too (its in the shopping center on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Herricks Road.) if you are looking for them, you'll spot a lot more former Fotomat booths in suburban shopping malls all over the country. They were a late-century staple. #fotomat#film#camera#HerricksNY#Herricks#LongIsland#NewYork#latecentury#1980s#1970s#kiosk#filmdevelopment#shoppingmall#suburbs#history#NassauNY
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