Polarizing Post

In this day and age of instant digital photography, it might be easy to forget that first age of inst…well, lets just say almost-instant photography: Polaroid.
 
 
 
The IP assumes that most of you folks have one or more (maybe many more) old Polaroid instant prints in an album or box. It’s hard not to recognize that greenish or reddish tint and slightly blurry image…but they always have a certain charm. Maybe because when we look at them today we get that same feeling we got when waiting for that magic picture to take form in front of our eyes. Evidently, some people see a trend and are opening a high-end vintage Polaroid Boutique in SoHo, NYC.

The SX70 was definitely cool, mostly because it was designed by the same firm that produced the 500-series telephone and the Honeywell Regulator round thermostat, among other American icons of industrial design; that would be Henry Dreyfuss and Associates. Henry and his wife committed suicide shortly after the introduction of the SX-70, not because of the camera, but because Mrs. Dreyfuss had terminal cancer and he evidently wanted them to both go softly into the eternal night…
 
The IP has a couple of old Poloroid Land Cameras, one of which is beginning to get the attention of some analog photo enthusiasts:
 
  
 
The one on the left is a Model 95B “Speedliner” (1957–1961) and the one on the right is the Model 80A “Highlander” (1957–1959). Polaroid’s 95 series was the world’s very first line of instant cameras, and they sold out the entire first production run on the first day they went on sale. One can’t discuss the Polaroid Land Camera without noting its prolific inventor, Edwin H. Land.
 
Several camera geeks have gotten into Land Camera “conversions” where they modify those old workhorses to use the still-available “pack film” instead of the discontinued Polaroid roll film. These conversion projects are amazing.
 
 
The IP started thinking about Polaroid pics after encountering one of Ned Howard’s links (mysteriously removed) over at Wildfreshness, that Portland hipster’s blog:
 
 
It’s a series of Polaroids taken by a group of quintessentially American BMX bike enthusiasts from the 1970s. There is something very powerful in these oh-so-natural images taken by kids enjoying their bikes and stunts…and Polaroids could be used to attract The Ladies too:
 
 
See the full series of the vintage BMX fun Polaroids here.
 
 
Blog at ya later.
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One Response to “Polarizing Post”

  1. What is the price of such old camera nowadays? and where is could be found?

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