One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small portrait photograph, one of a series (usually of forty-eight) taken in quick succession, especially in an automatic kiosk. Frequently attributive, as "Polyfoto kiosk", etc.
1930s; earliest use found in The Trade Marks Journal. From poly- + foto, alteration of photo, perhaps after Danish Polyfoto.
with object To take a Polyfoto of (a person).
1940s; earliest use found in ‘Anthony Gilbert’ (1899–1973) (real name Lucy Malleson). From Polyfoto.
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