Monday, June 24, 2013

Party Polaroids

Okay, okay.  I know.  The last Polaroid isn't from a party, but it's the same woman as in pictures two and four so it gets included.  I wonder if she told her husband that one doesn't take a camera to a white tie affair?  The funny thing, Polaroids were never a cheap system.  Even the lower priced models weren't good for the photographer on a budget, because the film was so expensive.  Just a guess, but I'm thinking that these were taken with one of the early Polaroid Model 80s, and that puts these images in the mid to late fifties.  The camera would have cost what an average blue collar worker made in a week, and the film, that required peeling from a paper backing and a wipe with a fixer brush to keep the image from fading wasn't cheap either.

And for those interested, a company in Europe is making film packs that fit the SX-70 and Model 600 cameras.  They're marketed under the name "The Impossible Project".  I've been meaning to buy some and try it out, but, like the actual Polaroid film packs, it costs an arm and a leg.

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