Tag Archives: Polaroid

the world’s most exciting camera in 1950?

Toronto. In its October 30th, 1950 advertisement in LIFE magazine, Polaroid touted its camera as “The World’s Most Exciting” and “this year’s most wanted [Christmas] gift“. While this was typical marketing fluff, Polaroid was right. In a world used to … Continue reading

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Julian Schnabel at Ostlicht (WestLicht) Gallery this summer

Toronto. Stefan Musil of the Ostlicht Gallery for Photography sent out an email on the 25th to announce that the gallery will host an exhibition of American  Julian Schnabel’s Polaroids this summer from June 7, 2018 to August 4, 2018. … Continue reading

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the old way to get pictures quickly

Toronto. In the film era you waited days or weeks to see the results of your camera efforts – unless you owned one of the marvellous Polaroid cameras that gave you a picture in a minute! Edwin Land came up … Continue reading

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collecting orphan Polaroids

Toronto. This past Monday, I received an interesting email from George Dunbar. The topic was orphan Polaroids. George passed on this link to an article in the Washington Post (motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness”). The article, written by Dee Swann … Continue reading

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March 3, 1947 photographic milestone

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me an email the other day showing the first announcement of Edwin Land’s picture in a minute process in the March 3, 1947 issue of LIFE I recently did a post on the impact this picture … Continue reading

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long before digital we had Polaroid!

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me a few old photography ads including this July 1950 Popular Photography Polaroid ad. The Polaroid ad brought to mind many old memories. As a kid in Allandale, I had my first camera – an old Kodak … Continue reading

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The Polaroid Project

Toronto. Our friends at WestLicht in Austria announced The Polaroid Project, an exhibition from November 18th this year through February 28, 2018. The press release for the exhibit begins, “Polaroid! The brand has long become a universal myth. The uses … Continue reading

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an Automat for photos not food

Toronto. The folks at Lomography just keep on creating. Like many of their products, this beautiful retro camera uses the Fuji Instax Mini instant film to create the old fashioned Polaroid style photos. Flash, sensors, dual lens settings and automated … Continue reading

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Polaroid – before the cameras

Toronto. In 1948 Edwin Land began marketing the amazing “picture in a minute” camera. In the early days demand far exceeded supply making the new cameras very scarce. But what happened before the cameras? Why are they called Polaroid cameras, … Continue reading

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Have you ever seen a Portrama?

Toronto.  Have you ever heard about or seen a strange  Polaroid camera called the Portrama? I had a call the other day from John Linsky, one PHSC’s founders. John found this odd looking camera at our trunk sale last Sunday. … Continue reading

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