It was touted as a magic camera, one that could instantly print your photos in a matter of minutes. The Polaroid changed photography forever, and it was back in the 1960s where it all began.
The original purpose of instant cameras was thought up after creator Edwin Land’s daughter asked “Why can’t I see them now?” Do you remember the first time you used a Polaroid camera and saw your photo?
While the first Polaroid was released in 1948, it was the 60s that really put the Polaroid on the map. In 1963, Land introduced Polacolor pack film, which made instant colour photographs possible.
Do you remember pulling two tabs from the camera?
In the 70s, special film was developed which didn’t need to user to wait as long, or peel the negative from the positive.
Today, Polaroid cameras are no longer being produced however Fujifilm has found success with their Instax mini camera in recent years. It uses a smaller instant film but works on the same process as the later model Polaroids.
What memories do you have of this iconic camera?