Is Friday already and here I am with the delivery for today, the Polaroid Model 95 from 1948, here some facts, enjoy:
- First instant-picture camera
- $89.75 in 1948 ($812 in 2010 dollars)
This is the first Polaroid, Model 95, and the first of those, as it has the spring-post viewfinder, later replaced with a wire frame.
Polaroid came out with some wonderful cameras over the years, but compared to conventional cameras, all of them were fairly large and more expensive to operate. Polaroid was seriously hurt by the rise in one-hour labs in drugstores, supermarkets, shopping malls, and even drive-throughs, and then finally done in for good by digital.
One custom started by Polaroid is still with us, however: When you take a digital picture, people crowd around to see the picture right away, just as they surely did in 1948.