Fun with Fotomat!
Photo by not_on_display
Wait, I may need to back up a bit. Many of you may not know what a Fotomat is — err, was. Well blogger Donna Pointkouski spells it out much more eloquently than I could in her explanation to her curious children:
“The Fotomat was a little shack, usually in a parking lot of a shopping center, and you would drive up to the window and drop off your film to get developed.” I explained this with the sincerity of a lesson on Ancient Rome or the Civil War.
“Film? Like a movie?” she asked. “What do you mean by ‘get developed’?”
Like any good legend, the Fotomat also lives on in song; just not terribly memorable ones. There’s a terrible rock song by a band named Interplause that uses the retroness of the term perhaps ironically — “That’s What Happens…(When You Fall in Love With a Girl at Fotomat)” — and it’s so bad I couldn’t bear to embed it. There’s even a strange “freestyle” noise band called The Fotomat Experience. They’re kinda proggy. My favorite though comes from an academically-inspired band from Columbia University: “I Sold My Soul To Fotomat” Yikes!
Of course to really get what it was all about, we’ll cut to commercials. (Important Note: According to Wikipedia, the ladies that worked in Fotomats were called “Fotomates.” Rawr!)
The guy who posted this video even prepared a pickup line for when he went to Fotomat: “Let’s go out and see what develops.” Har har!
Look, it’s Mindy from Mork & Mindy!
When I went searching for print ads, I found this amazing tale of what happened to a small-town Fotomat when a tornado struck!
The atmosphere was jovial and friendly.
But then…then things took a turn for the scandalous.
You simply must read it!
As that tale illustrates, I think anyone who has had prints made participates in a shared denial that strangers are peering through their photos. This comedy skit from 1982 brings that out in sharp relief!
That was heard on Dr. Demento on KMET back in the day!
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