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Before digital cameras (with their fancy portable printers) and such … there was the Polaroid. Remember those days? Point, shoot, and you’ve got your picture in a snap. (We’d advise you not to take Outkast’s “Hey Ya” lyrics literally, when André Benjamin says to “shake it like a Polaroid picture.” Apparently you can damage the image, or something.)

In early February, Polaroid Corporation announced it would discontinue production of all instant film. Since the news hit, Save Polaroid (savepolaroid.com) has developed. The site claims, “`it’s` not about saving Polaroid, the company, rather the remarkable invention of Edwin Land, the instant film that made Polaroid a household name.”

In high school, I was a fan of Polaroid’s i-zone pocket camera (which was way too big to fit in one’s pocket) which was discontinued in 2006. I am still kicking myself that I sold it off at a family yard sale years ago. The oblong camera took tiny pictures (roughly 1.5” x 1”). I still have a few that have a vintage look going on, even though they were taken less than 10 years ago.

Visit savepolaroid.com and download their action pack, which contains pre-written and addressed postcards you can mail to Polaroid, Fuji, and Illford, “telling them why instant film should be saved.”


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