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Polaroid 95A

Manufactured from 1954 to 1957 by the Polaroid Corp. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Polaroid cameras, using the patented process of Dr. Edwin H. Land (hence the name “Land Camera”) were the first commercially successful instant picture cameras which were easy to use and were not in need of bottles of chemicals, etc. The Polaroid 95, made from 1948 to 1953, was the original camera and took the market by storm. The Polaroid 95A shown here replaced the Model 95 with an updated wire frame finder, X-sync added (for those “new” electronic flash units) and a faster shutter. It has a 130mm f/8 lens. It used a double roll film (the Polaroid system—a negative/dye transfer side and a paper side which the dyes migrated to during the chemical process from a packet of chemistry that was spread by pinch rollers) and was a little more complex to use than today’s instant cameras. And at 10 inches high, you couldn’t stick it in your pocket. But, in the 1950s, it gave the answer to “did I get the shot?” that digital cameras fulfill today with their LCD screens.


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Taken on September 9, 2006