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The 'Instant Nostalgia' creators, concealing studio photography equipment inside Edwardian plate cameras and antique furniture. The Bygone Photobooth Company combines this with vintage props and hey presto! We find out more from Mr Bygone!

What inspired you to start your business?

The Bygone era of analogue photography when a photograph was a rare keepsake on a mantelpiece or in a gentleman's billfold.
Remember chaps? When things were simple before selfies, Instagram filters and hashtags!

What has been the highlight since launching?

Spending the weekend surrounded by gramophone DJ's, Charleston dancers, Lindy hoppers, burlesque femme fatales, cabaret performers, vintage stylists and a full brass band when we were the official photobooth at the Merchant City Vintage Festival last year.
Jeez Louise we had quite the Bygone time!!!!

What have you got planned for the year ahead?

Roll up, roll up!! This year The Bygone Photobooth Company are planning to spread 'Instant Nostalgia' like wildfire! Yep it's true, due to popular demand, in less than a year we have completed our third Bygone set up of vintage fun & folly!!! Brace yourselves because it's gonna be marvellous!!

How would you like to see your business grow & develop over the coming year(s)?

Oh my!!!! If it's grows any faster we might need to bake a cake!!! No seriously we have many tricks up our sleeves that we will keep under our hats for now (Mrs Bygone is a superstitious woman) but hot off the press I can tell you that Bygone patrons have convinced us to release our own range of hand typed, wax sealed wedding stationary.

Jolly good fun and now available to order!

What is it about "vintage" that you find most appealing and what is your favourite era?

Mrs Bygone and I have always been drawn to nostalgia. We love that every item we salvage has a story. Whether it's a 1920's collapsible top-hat or a 1940's steamer trunk, tracing their history is a guilty pleasure of ours.

Vintage era? Hmmm, that's a tough one! We recreate several era's within our Theme/Prop choices but our favourite has to be the 1940's. We love the resilience and adaptability of 40's fashion. Did you know that women printed decorative patterns on old produce sacks with potatoes to create iconic outfits? Even hair styles, meant as a political statement, were beautiful.

Why should the public vote for your business in this category?

By Jove!!! Wouldn't a National Vintage Award look splendid on our mantlepiece!! But all jesting aside old sport, we love giving these old relics a new lease of life and working with my lady is rather nice too.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Oscar Wilde – "Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."

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