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Decades before the iPhone, there was another kind of selfie: those miniature self-portraits taken in an old-school photo booth. Here are 30 classic examples—starting and ending, in honor of his birthday, with the great Buddy Holly.
In 1949, the year he graduated from high school.
Norma Jeane Baker
Last month, New York's Swann Galleries sold this portrait of Norma Jeane in her early teens—taken in a coin-operated photo booth several years before she became Marilyn Monroe—for $18,750.
Marilyn with a couple of kids she took to Playland in San Francisco shortly before her marriage to Joe DiMaggio in January 1954. She'd planned to take the girls—family friends of the DiMaggios—on rides, but drew so much attention that it became impossible. For the full story, click here.
Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton
The model-actress (supermodel Jean Shrimpton's kid sister) was Mick's girlfriend from 1963 to 1966.
With her husband Mel Ferrer (right) and Truman Capote, A few years later, Hepburn played Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," the 1961 film version of Capote's novella—even though the author thought the part should have gone to Marilyn Monroe.
In 1965, the year she became an Andy Warhol superstar and the press anointed her "Girl of the Year."
Showing us what he thinks of Hollywood In 1960 with his then soon-to-be second wife, Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda.
Jack and Jackie
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier in the early '50s, just before they were married.
Jack and Jackie, Take 2
And in another photo booth, when they were newlyweds.
The jazz legend as a young boy.
Paul and Linda McCartney
In the '70s—Wings' heyday—with two of their children.
Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr
They met in 1960 at a club in Hamburg, Germany, where he was playing bass as an early member of the Beatles, and quickly became engaged. Sutcliffe quit the band the next year to pursue painting, but in 1962 suffered a brain hemorrhage. He died in Kirchherr's arms in an ambulance on the way to the hospital at age 21.
In the late '70s, around the time she became lead singer of the Go-Go's.
Striking a pose—or four—in a Times Square photo booth in 1982, the year she recorded "Everybody," her first single.
The King, back when he was still just a prince.
Elvis Presley and June Juanico
"He was the love of my life," said Juanico, who met Elvis in her hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi, when he was a regional star and dated him through the releases of "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel."
The creator of Peanuts when he wasn't much older than Charlie Brown.
The Australian actress went on to play Katherine Hepburn, Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan, so the range she displays here comes as no surprise.
In 1966, two years before his breakthrough on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."
Bill and Hillary Clinton
The future president and first lady in the '70s.
Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones
In 1979, the year she released her first album, after appearing on the cover of Waits' "Blue Valentine."
René and Georgette Magritte
The Belgian surrealist and his wife before the war, in 1929.
The Magrittes, Take 2
That René—such a kidder.
Bebe Buell and Stiv Bators
A model, singer, Playboy Playmate and elite groupie, Buell eclipses the punk rocker she called "a wonderful boyfriend—my favorite." They met in 1979.
The pre-Smiths Moz.
The famous American landscape photographer in 1936.
The Beat Generation
Poets (clockwise from top left) Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Paul Carroll in 1959.
The real fun would come later.
Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly
In New York in 1959, just before they headed to Chicago to join the rest of the band and begin what would be Buddy Holly's final tour. Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash a few weeks later. Jennings, who'd given up his seat on the plane and taken a bus, survived—and talked of feeing guilty for decades after that.
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