Woman Chronicles Her Life from Ages 16-88 in Shooting Gallery Photos



In 1936, Ria van Dijk of Tilburg, the Netherlands, visited a shooting gallery. She was sixteen years old. When she hit a target, the impact tripped a camera which snapped her picture. Ria thoroughly enjoyed the experience and went back every year, except during World War II. She's collected the pictures and published them in a book. At the link, you can view them in chronological order and see the progression of her life from the perspective of the shooting gallery camera.

Link via J-Walk Blog | Photo: KesselsKramer Publishing

Newest 5
Newest 5 Comments

I'm confused, are there more pictures then the ones shown at the link? The recap says every year except the war years, but there are big gaps for decades after that where it was only a couple years of a decade.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
@sushirama

Actually there are some gallery games in Ocean City Maryland that I have pictures of my parents next to when they were my age, and they look exactly the same now.

So that is roughly 30 years of operation right there. And there no telling how long they were around before those pictures were taken or how long they will continue to operate.

They are the classic games like shooting a target in a ceramic clowns mouth to inflate a balloon. First persons balloon to pop wins.

The prizes have certainly changed though. Last time I played I received a poster of a scantily clad woman on a motorcycle.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Can't get hte page to load, sadly.
Wouldn't have been any good for my mum, anyway. The travelling fair that visited her part of Kent (Romney Marsh) wouldn't let her shoot after the first couple of visits - she won too much.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Whats even more amazing is that there was a concession somewhere that operated under the same principle/concept for 80 years. Try to imagine a fair or amusement park/arcade in the US that has had the exact same booth type in service for that long. Coney Island is the closest I can come up with but I don think there are any concessions that have operated that long there.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Commenting is closed.





Email This Post to a Friend
"Woman Chronicles Her Life from Ages 16-88 in Shooting Gallery Photos"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.

 

Success! Your email has been sent!

close window