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This Is Catherine Nichepor. She Comes From The USA.

Photography was seen as somewhat of a novelty well in to the 20th century, and when the first instant camera was introduced in 1948 people went crazy for these instant gratification devices.

But before the instant camera came the photobooth- a novelty vending machine that spit out a strip of portraits in mere minutes, which was extremely popular with the young folks.

The girl featured in these photo strips is Catherine Nichepor, and she began a yearly photobooth tradition back in the mid-1930s when the first Photomaton machine came to her town.

Catherine kept her yearly photos inside an album which was purchased by the author of Yesterdish at a car boot sale back in 2014, and he has been researching this interesting photobooth enthusiast ever since.

Here's a bit more about Catherine Nichepor, pictured above at age 16, 17 and 20:

Catherine was the daughter of Russian immigrants. In primary school, she went by the name Katrina Nichepor, then Cathern in middle school, finally settling on Catherine in high school.

Her parents operated a general store. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1933, a year after her elder sister Sophie. Sophie and Catherine both grew up dancing, and danced together in festivals at their Russian Orthodox church.

In 1935 Catherine started her dancing career. She danced under her own name and occasionally under the name Kay Nichols. She kept a scrapbook with newspaper clippings of some of the shows in which she performed, including the Hit Parade of 1936 in an autographed photo she sent home to her sister.

-Via Vintage Everyday


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