Retro Photos That Bring Us Back To The Good Old Days

By | February 17, 2023

Who remembers seeing these Fotomat Booths in shopping center parking lots.

The glorious days of the groovy era were filled with some of the most beloved icons of all time but there are two sides to every coin. It’s easy to forget there are real people under all that glitz and glamour. Some of them came from poverty and some spent their entire youth working up on the screen instead of out being young. But escapism is what entertainment is all about. Not just for the audience but for the entertainer as well. Come escape and reminisce in this little trove of Hollywood history. 

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Fotomat was a retail chain of drive-through kiosks for photo development founded back in the 1960s. They were located in shopping center parking lots. At its peak, there were over 4,000 Fotomats throughout the United States in the 1980s, primarily in suburban areas. You’d spot that distinctive pyramid-shaped gold roof in the middle of a parking lot at a strip mall, and just drive up to drop off your film or pick up your photos. Easy peasy. They offered one-day finishing and sold Kodak-brand film and other photography-related products.

Elizabeth Montgomery as the lead character in The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975).

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Pictured here is an intense version of the chipper Elizabeth Montgomery audiences became accustomed to on Bewitched. Here she is, starring in The Legend of Lizzie Borden. The historical mystery movie was made for television, the stylized retelling of these brutal unsolved murders premiered on ABC on February 10, 1975 and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Made for Television in 1976.