You know your getting old: Polaroid Camera category

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June 18, 2019 at 17:22:58
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In the category of "You know your getting old when:"

I was at my nieces college graduation party and as it happens someone brought a Polaroid camera.

I knew at least one of the graduates did not understand how a polaroid camera works when he made the statement:

It's cool, but takes a while for the picture to download.

MIKE

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#1
June 18, 2019 at 21:24:17
I guess you could describe it as a camera and analog printer all-in-one.

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#2
June 19, 2019 at 07:16:15
I seem to recall a recent report "somewhere" that they are making a come back and with improved picture and print quality?

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#3
June 19, 2019 at 07:36:27
The picture quality was pretty good, the problem is size.
The pictures were only like 1.5" x 2"
Now this may have something to do with the camera,
but not something I would buy.

MIKE

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#4
June 19, 2019 at 12:19:52
Agree on both counts; though I thought the prints were a wee bit larger?

And of course I think the prints faded over time?


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#5
June 20, 2019 at 11:49:26
Polaroid made a few different types of cameras with print sizes up to 20" x 24". However, the most common, consumer models used paper that was approximately 3.5" x 4.25" with a roughly 3 x 3 image size.

That was the size that you saw most people shaking, blowing on and spreading out across the table as they dried. :-)

They still make film of roughly that size for the new-ish Polaroid Originals line of cameras.

https://us.polaroidoriginals.com/

They also still make film for the original cameras which are available as refurbished units.

https://us.polaroidoriginals.com/co...

I worked for Kodak during the period when they sold their own version of the "instant camera". Kodak used to manufacture the film for the Polaroid cameras and when EK introduced their on version in the late 70's, Polaroid sued and was eventually (1988) awarded $150 million. ($325 million in 2019 dollars)

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#6
June 20, 2019 at 13:10:15
I remember those Kodak instant cameras. They had to buy back the ones still out there after losing the lawsuit. I started buying them at the flea market and then sending them off for refund. I think they only allowed 3 refunds per household so I was sending them using relative's names and addresses.

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#7
June 20, 2019 at 14:13:39
Now you've gone public... DinC... Kodak'll come a knocking on your door - asking for their cash back...

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#8
June 20, 2019 at 14:36:06
Nyah ah ahh. They'll never catch me!

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#9
June 21, 2019 at 09:21:07
Brings back memories from my youth. I remember my parents having an early Brownie box camera:
https://i.etsystatic.com/11789097/r...

Then they upgraded to a newer style Brownie with flash:
https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/...

Then got a collapsible Polaroid Land camera:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon...

I'm not sure what came next but I know at some point we got a Kodak 110 Instamatic with flash cubes:
https://i.etsystatic.com/10329797/r...


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#10
June 21, 2019 at 21:20:14
I always want to comment on coincidences. Yesterday my friend
mentioned that his family had a cheap camera and I immediately
replied "Kodak Brownie?" and of course it was. Today I more-or-less
accidentally walked into a hardware salvage store (which buys and
sells old stuff that is better than junk and slightly better than scrap
but not nearly as good as antiques), and there was a Brownie on a
shelf which I picked up and briefly examined.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#11
July 17, 2019 at 17:12:08
DAVEINCAPS:

"I think they only allowed 3 refunds per household so I was sending them using relative's names and addresses."

So it was you that caused over 63,000 Kodak employees, including me, to lose their jobs!

And all along we thought it was bad business decisions. "We don't need to go digital, people will always use film."

P.S. Don't worry about it. Most of us came out OK. I, for one, am way ahead of where I would have been.

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#12
July 17, 2019 at 18:19:22
That's good. I think it was the film and not the cameras that got Kodak in trouble--it was too much like Polaroid's. But without the film the cameras were useless.

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