before we had polaroid cameras

an early ‘instant photograph’ “studio” described in a June, 1939 issue of Popular Mechanics

Toronto.  George Dunbar in his search of old magazines for ads and articles relevant to photography often finds unusual stories and cameras. For example, the June, 1939 Popular Mechanics magazine had a filler article called, “Two-Minute Photo Printed in Portable Studio“.

The “studio” in question was a small tripod mounted camera that created round button-sized photos suitable for seasides or other family attractions. The little gizmo creates a print that is ready in 2 minutes – almost a decade later (1948), Edwin Land announced his famous “Picture in a Minute” camera down in NYC.

A big thanks to my good friend for sharing this article with us.

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