Come join us Sunday December 11th for a Party Showcase at Temple Har Shalom! Hop in the photo booth with your friends and chat with our attendants about YOUR event!
We hope to see you there!
Flipbooks Have Made A Comeback!
Did you know flip books were recognized as one of the earliest forms of what today is referred to as “interactive multimedia”? Flipbooks were first patented in the U.S. on May 16, 1882 by Henry Van Hovenbergh of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Early flip books consisted of simple drawings stacked in sequential stages of movement with a single staple binding. When the pages were flipped, they would create the optical illusion of motion.
Flipbooks were then popularized in the early 1900′s by the Cracker Jack Company who gave them away as free in-pack prizes. Other marketers soon followed suit, including manufacturers of breakfast cereals, bubble gum, cigarettes, automobiles and snack foods. The trend continued strong through the 1960′s. But unfortunately, that trend ended in the 1970′s as new technologies began to take the spotlight.
But now, flipbooks are back and better than ever! Go Festive offers the most engaging and entertaining flipbook experience. We’ve also created a process to make the design and production of flip books from live-action video footage easy and efficient. For an unforgettable moment, rent a Go Festive flipbook station now!
Photo Booths: Past to Present
Did you know the first photo booth appeared on Broadway in NYC? The awesome moment people spend making silly faces and waiting for a memorable photo strip dates all the way back to the roaring 20s. In the late September 1925 a man named Anatol Josepho brought the first photo booth studio over to the U.S. from Russia. When it was first open there were a procession of people all the way around the block waiting for their turn but luckily it was a 24 hour service. Customers would spend 25 cents each to pose in the booth and wait 8 minutes for their photos to process. At the Photomaton Studio, workers wore white smocks and gloves. They took customer’s money, suggested poses, cut the strips into individual photos if necessary and sold extras like frames and color tinting.
Since Photomaton Studio became such a huge sensation, in March 1927 a business consortium headed by Henry Morgenthau Sr., the former United States ambassador to Turkey and a founder of the American Red Cross, paid Mr. Josepho $1 million for the American rights of the photo booth. Soon Josepho became a millionaire for his creative invention of a chemical photo booth.
Even though old chemical booths are steadily being replaced by digital booths, Josepho has created an unforgettable tradition that is still being used today worldwide. Go Festive is a prime example of a company that keeps the photo booth tradition on-going. We offer elegant photo booths that are specifically built for event rentals. Whether the photo booth is rented for a wedding or a birthday party, you are guaranteed a good time.
Birth of the Drive-In
Can you guess where the first outdoor movie theater was created? It was right in the backyard of Richard Hollingshead in Camden, New Jersey. Richard mounted a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car; he used it to project onto a screen he nailed to trees in his backyard. He placed a radio behind the screen for sound, and then began to test his idea. Richard tested sound with the windows up, down and half way. He experimented with the various weather conditions; using his lawn sprinkler he replicated a rainstorm. Richard liked what he saw and heard. After receiving a patent for his idea, Richard opened the first drive-in theater in Airport Circle, New Jersey on June 6, 1933.
Since Drive-In Theaters were new to most people, drive-ins would host an “Open House” during the day to let people know what to expect. They would show the customers how to park, how the sound systems worked, and what food was available in the concession stands. A few theater owners even gave the customers the ability to order from their car and have a car hop deliver. This attracted a lot of customers to the drive-in movie.
Although most drive-in theaters have closed down since the 1990s, people have been experimenting with their own backyard theaters. Depending on the space available, it may simply be a temporary version with foldable screen, a projector and couple of speakers, or a permanent fixture with huge screens and dedicated audio set up in the back. Due to the outdoor nature, it is quite popular with BBQ parties and pool parties. Just like the crowds of the 1930’s through the 1950′s, it seems that a new generation has taken an old concept and discovered a new approach to outdoor movie theaters.
Let Fun Flicks help to host your next outdoor movie party. We bring the screen, projector and an awesome sound system! All you have to do is supply the movie. We even have old fashioned popcorn machines.
Thrillist is thrilled with GO FESTIVE!
Our BATTLE BLAST Laser Tag service was recently featured in Thrilllist’s July 16th edition. Tagging our Laser Tag packages as “A local way to run ‘n’ gun”, the article features our most popular games, ideas for where to host a Laser Tag party, and live action snapshots!
Summer and fall are a great time to have an outdoor Laser Tag party! Of course, as noted by Thrillist, we can also host your Laser Tag party indoors! If you would like to know more about our BATTLE BLAST Laser Tag packages, please browse our website or call/email us for more information! We’d love to hear from you!
The GO FESTIVE! Team
A Hit with PTO Members
The air was filled with the scent of warm chocolate chip cookies and the chatter of enthusiastic parents and teachers at the PTO Expo held on March 23rd at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Over 450 school representatives came through the expo looking for new, fun, and effective ways to raise money for their schools!!! GO FESTIVE! and numerous other vendors shared ideas about how the school representatives can both fundraise and add fun activities to their special events. We are hoping to be a part of many of the local schools’ fundraising efforts so the students can enjoy our services as much as their teachers and parents did! You should have heard the squeals and giggles from the photobooth… at least you can see the photos!!!
PTO Today Expo
GO FESTIVE! will be attending the PTO Today Expo at the Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge on March 23, 2010 from 9am-2:30pm. We’re bringing the photobooth and hoping to see lots of enthusiastic parents take silly pictures as their inner-child reveals itself! Register for the event and you could win $1,000 for your school!. We hope to see you there.
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Praise for GO FESTIVE!
Anna and Dan had us at their wedding celebration in May and had a great time in the booth – as did all their guests. Thanks for the kind words Anna and Dan, and Congratulations again on your wedding!
“To the GO FESTIVE! Team-
Now that the dust has settled on our wedding, and we’ve begun to get organized, we wanted to write to thank you all so much for the FANTASTIC job you did at our May 2nd party! The photo booth was an incredible hit, with guests going in and out all night, many of them multiple times! Everyone commented (and is still commenting) on what a fun addition the booth was to the party. Your staffer was also great to work with; incredibly professional, very helpful, and game for fun!
All our thanks and best wishes-
Anna and Dan”
Thanks also to Mark Kingsdorf of Queen of Hearts wedding consulting for introducing Anna and Dan to us! Check out more from Anna and Dan’s wedding on Mark’s blog: http://www.qohweddings.com/blog/?p=1214
Fun Flicks Movie Series Discount
Are you interested in hosting 3 or more movie nights in 2009? If so, Fun Flicks by GO FESTIVE is the perfect solution! Book 3 or more movies and receive FREE rain date insurance for every movie or video game tournament that you book! That’s a $177 savings for 3 events; the savings add up the more events that you add on!