I thought that this Polaroid photograph might be of interest to you. It is a photo of our daughter, Gail, taken in a grove of trees in Weston, Mass., in 1966, by one of Dr. Land’s personal photographers, Inge Reethof. She was testing a new 4 x 5 Polaroid Professional Color Film and used a Hasselbad Camera with a Polaroid adapter back. Dr. Land (the founder of Polaroid) so loved this picture that he made it into a black and white mural and had it mounted in the lobby of our corporate headquarters at 575 Technology Square in Cambridge, Mass. So, for over 30 years, you would be welcomed by our little 4-year-old daughter who was affixed to a lobby entry column, holding her balloons. — Richard J. Haberlin; (Polaroid employee 1960-80), 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.