Woolworth’s photo booth set to star in new Chesterfield title

Woolworth’s photo booth set to star in new Chesterfield title

Our forthcoming book is set to celebrate an unlikely – some might say - cult icon of  ‘80s Chesterfield.

Photo booth shot from Woolworths

A visit to the Woolworth’s photo booth was a true rite of passage for teenagers in the decades before the arrival of camera phones.

Now our forthcoming book, the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield – Picture Edition’, is dedicating an entire chapter to the phenomenon.

Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson said: “Cramming into Woolworths photobooth with friends and partners could be an almost weekly occurrence in the ‘80s.

Pull the curtain shut, adjust the height of the stool and then wait for the strip of photos to appear. Everyone did it. And, considering the amount I’ve received, everyone hung onto them!”

Woolworths photo booth shot two

Anatol Joseho, a Siberian immigrant, was the original inventor of the photo booth. Their popularity exploded in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Fred Astaire famously danced into one in 1953 hit film The Bandwagon and Andy Warhol even had his own.

Our original ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield’ became one of the most popular books in the town’s history. 

All-comers have now been invited play a part in its return as a picture-only edition by sending in their own photos and memorabilia for possible inclusion. 

They should be emailed to: neil@dirtystopouts.com

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield – Picture Edition’ is set to be published in the summer.