The Polaroid played an important part of my teen years. In 1966, for my 14th Birthday I received a Swinger Polaroid. It was a right of passage documenting my teen years. It was a small white Polaroid and only produced the small pictures. That was my only gift and we used it that night. You can see me cutting my birthday cake. That was March 24th, 1966. As you can see I enjoyed taking pictures of my animals. — Pat Mantis, 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.