My first husband, Ben Davis, was a chemist for Polaroid from 1961 until the ’80s. In the early days, I can remember Dr. Land calling my husband during the night if he got a big idea. I have so many photos as he brought home cameras almost every weekend to test the film, but, unfortunately, they are mostly in Massachusetts. I even have some early black and whites which you had to coat with a special chemical that came with the box of film. I can only imagine what was in that! I remember it smelled pretty bad. The early color photos curled badly so Polaroid came up with idea of attaching the sticky card board backs. Then they developed the system that combined everything in one photo — no separate coating or backs. That really brought on instant photography in a big way. P.S. The children in these pictures are mine! — Linda Glaser, Naples
Maybe you still use it now and then. Or perhaps it’s gathering dust on some shelf in the garage or waiting in a box, ready for your next yard sale. Your Polaroid. Brownies and Instamatics were fine, but no other camera gave the shooter the immediacy, the intimacy and the elation of reproducing life in their hand.