Remember the Polaroid Cameras?

Polaroid Land Camera 95

Toronto. Edwin Land first offered the Polaroid Land “picture in a minute” Camera after WW2, a time when it took a week for the average person to receive prints from his photographs. I gave my dad a Polaroid in the 1980s but he soon stopped using it after discovering it took a few shots at about a dollar each to set the exposure and focus. Lots of Polaroids were used briefly and discarded, especially after the same day processing shops sprung up.

When I worked in Dorval at Bell’s data centre, a friend who knew I collected cameras dropped by one day to give me a couple of tartan boxes. Inside were a Polaroid camera and an accessory back. Ernie said he no longer had any use for them. I placed the boxes on a shelf by my desk and forgot about the gift. The next day, they were gone. Stolen in a guarded building! I gave them little further thought at the time since Polaroid cameras had a low value.

The other day, my friend and fellow PHSC member John Linsky sent me an email saying he had been given two old Polaroids, and did some research as a result.

John wrote, “Discovered today, this web site as a result of getting gifted a couple Polaroids that were headed to the garbage, with a few other low end ‘junkers’. A surprise was that the Polaroid Colorpack IV was introduced in 1969, 48 years ago.  It’s IB (instruction book) is printed 11/69.

“Links [about] Polaroid:

“Robert: In my collection is a Polaroid 95 (not 95A or 95B).  I bought it in 1982 from Larry (Lauro) Boccioletti for [a few $] cdn.  It has a small piece of (Kodak!) yellow cardboard at the front of the bed, under the  lens, explaining opening and closing the camera.  Another large card is attached to the back of the camera with the instructions, titled “It’s Simple”!  (Yah, right).  Introduced in 1947, 70 years ago – it was a miracle!

“I also have with the 95, a set of 3 push-on close-up lenses and a tape measure in a small leather case.  I can imagine that would be great for jewelry appraisers, dentists, and others.–February-21–1947

“Fascinating story about Edwin Land.  Many other hits on a Google search on “Edwin Land, Polaroid History”, but it is late, and I have been side-tracked on the way to sleep.

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