they lost some pictures i took of a trip to the former Yugoslavia, in the late 70's.
i'm still p.o.ed about it.
Lost film and/or prints happened with every film processor, even Kodak. As a person working at a Fotomat, I can tell you that informing a customer there file was lost was something I never enjoyed. It sucks that your pictures were lost. I think your only option to prevent a company from misplacing your pictures was processing it yourself. Of course, that opened up the possibility of you destroying the film by incorrect processing. These days, I am very careful with digital pictures to ensure I have the images backed up on remote site (such as Flickr) ASAP. I can't think of a method that will prevent lost pictures 100% of the time. JJDiver (talk) 17:30, 9 January 2012 (UTC)
Can I ask a dumb question ... How and where did the film get processed? Did the person inside ever leave the booth to take the film somewhere, ... or was there a car to shuttle film and prints back and forth from the kiosk and the processor several times a day? As a child in the '70's, I always imagined that either they turned the film into pictures inside that little room, or else there was an underground tunnel under each kiosk, since I never saw anyone or anything go in or out. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 04:24, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
A: Local photo finishers were contracted to develop film for Fotomat. Pick up of undeveloped film and drop off of developed photos was done by vehicle. Depending on the size of the area, several vehicles were utilized. A: The above answer is only partially true. I worked for Fotomat in the early 1980's at the corporate headquarters. Fotomat had 10 photo finishing facilities across the U.S. Film was picked-up from the kiosk and often times, flown to the processing lab, depending on the location of the kiosk. The finished film (pictures) was then flown back to the local area office and driven to the stores. This is where the problems arose with losing film. If a customer utilized the "Fotorush" service, the film was supposed to be processed and returned the next day. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Deardoc (talk • contribs) 15:37, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
Ha ha. And about the time you were using your special jar, a pickup truck would pull up. Consider that it was nice to get out of the booth, stretch your legs and have ten minutes away from customers. JJDiver (talk) 17:30, 9 January 2012 (UTC)
Not sure this is the correct way to do this (this is my first talk page contribution), but paragraph one says "At its peak around 1980 there were over 4,000 Fotomats", yet the first paragraph under the Video Rental header says "renting the film by "driving through" one of their 35,000 kiosks". Seems the numbers are off by an order of magnitude (unless I'm reading it wrong). -gmr2048