Paper moons were particularly popular from the 1900s through to the 1930s, and especially in the United States, though examples exist from other countries, including Australia.
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Paper moons were a feature of traveling fairs, as a photo booth where people would go to have their picture taken by a professional photographer, at a time when photography was not as accessible to everyday people.
The song “It’s Only a Paper Moon” was published in 1933 and the movie Paper Moon was released in 1973, by which time the paper moon photo booths were no longer as common themselves. Developments in photography through the early twentieth century meant more and more people had access to equipment.
Here is a set of vintage photos that shows portraits people posing with paper moons in the 1900s and 1910s.