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Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 04/21/2013 - 5:43 PM

On this date in 1948, the first Polaroid instant picture camera was sold in the United States. When was the last time you took a Polaroid instant photo or even printed a roll of film? How long did you hold on to a roll of film then finally get developed?

I have a ziplock baggie full of film that needs developed. I know there is a shelf life but one of these days I need to take them in and see if any pics can be salvaged.


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Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 7:40 PM

Michelle, Come into my Darkroom and lets see what developes. Come on now, don't be negative. And don't forget to bring your baggie.
How would you like to see an 8" x 10" glossy of my Brownie?

Anyway, picture this... you and I on a large tripod doing a modeling gig, with photographers all around us with Polaroids. What do you think? ; )


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 7:50 PM

Michelle my belle, you should be in film. I could get you into the movies. I have 2 free tickets for the matinee !


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 7:51 PM

Remember, - If you take pictures, be sure to put them back. ; )


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 8:01 PM

Not many know this, but just before the Polaroid came out, I invented the Hymroid instant camera. I intended to get a patent, but I got a little behind. There was no profit in the end. ; (


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 8:02 PM

Others have taken credit for inventing the flash bulb, but I was the original Flasher.


Posted by: Patricia Strand on 04/21/2013 - 8:10 PM

That was interesting, lol. I took these in 1976. Lost the Polaroid camera, not that it matters. They don't make film anymore for it, anyway. I don't think.

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Michelle, I still have some casettes of Instamatic film that have never been developed.


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 8:17 PM

Patty me darlin, Nice pictures. BTW, would you like to buy some free Polaroid film?


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 8:20 PM

Pat, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I'll trade a thousand words for a picture of you. What say?


Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 04/21/2013 - 8:30 PM

Wow Gershwin...your responses sure are taking this thread in a whole different direction...

Pat, I still have my polaroid! Not sure why I am hanging on to it since I dont think we can no longer buy film. Thanks for sharing your pics!


Posted by: Gershwin Smud on 04/21/2013 - 8:58 PM

Michelle, ... Once with the sack, you never go back.


Posted by: Michael Hoard on 04/22/2013 - 1:13 AM

Hello Michelle, I still have polaroid prints still in pretty good shape.....from the 60 and 70s, Also I take so many rolls of film, I do not get them processed right away.....I actually take the photos faster than I get them check out my blog a day in the life of an Orangutan.......


Posted by: Dean Harte on 04/22/2013 - 1:32 AM

I just recently traded my gear in for a Nikon F6 film camera and am slowly working my way through the first roll of film. Polaroids are still around, although under a different name.

Ive seen film around in the shops but I live in Japan though. Just check out the website for more info.

I'll do a little write-up once I have the roll developed, which is the second I take the last picture. Cant wait to see how the photos came out :D


Posted by: Gene Gregory on 04/22/2013 - 9:09 AM

Michelle, - I noticed that Smud had been pestering you. Since he is a very distant relative, I appologize for him. I hope you find the information you need.


Posted by: Robert Kernodle on 04/22/2013 - 9:59 AM

Smud is a "distant relative"? You mean like a dog? Now I'm mud in Smud's eyes, for that comment. (^_^)

But back on track, I had a polaroid once, before I ever had any clue what I was doing. Talk about "distant relative", I was more or less like a monkey pressing a button. I have evolved.


Posted by: A M Johnson on 04/22/2013 - 10:04 AM

What's with all the trolling? Stop it!

OK OP, I have a RB67 that I leave a Polaroid back on. It uses FP-100 film. I also shoot mostly film, usually C-41 but I love E-6 (Velvia mostly) and some silver. This is in 135 and 120. I'm starting a LF project that will enable me to shoot 4x5 in some months.


Posted by: Robert Kernodle on 04/22/2013 - 10:20 AM

Trolls have more fun, ... with blonds that have more fun. What's with all the scolding? Stop it! Or maybe not, ... reactions to trolling are fun too.

Moderators are PA-trolls, you know - a higher form of trolls, always coming into discussions looking for trouble to get rid of, unlike plain trolls, who are looking for trouble to get into.

But again, I digress. I have never owned a digital camera. I still shoot 35mm color transparencies, Fujichrome Provia 100 preferably. Each roll of film is a fairly slow, thoughtful project, unlike with digital, where you can snap away with glee, without concern for wasted frames. Consequently, I shoot one (or two at the most) rolls, and get it developed, before shooting more rolls of film. I once met a guy who said that he would burn through thirty rolls in one day and process them himself with some sort of portable E-6 developing set up. Must be nice to have that sort of disposable income.


Posted by: Matthias Hauser on 04/22/2013 - 10:27 AM

I used mine some years ago for this idea:

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Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 04/22/2013 - 11:16 AM

I am not a troll Robert.

Gershie, behave, I have received a real complaint about you. Don't forget, many people do not know who you are and will take you seriously


Posted by: Patricia Strand on 04/22/2013 - 12:41 PM

Um, I guess I don't know who Mr. Smud really is... do we need to know?


Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 04/22/2013 - 12:44 PM

Mattihas, that is such a neat picture! Thanks for sharing!

What I thought would be a good, interesting thread ended up turning into something I don't agree in. Yes, everyone has their own sense of humor, their own sense of style of writing, but I don't appreciate what I feel was taken a bit far and really disgusted me by many earlier posts.

On that note, anyone else have any interesting polaroid shots or stories to share?


Posted by: Dan Turner on 04/22/2013 - 2:21 PM

"everyone has their own sense of humor, their own sense of style of writing"

Sense of humor? That was little more than garden variety sexual harassment. Sorry to see it in your thread, Michelle.

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Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 04/22/2013 - 3:38 PM

Thank you Dan for confirming what I thought and felt (still feel) as I read those with my jaw dropped opened. Sickens and saddens me to be honest. I don't think I deserved, nor anyone, to be verbably raped and that's what I feel happened. You're right, there was no humor.


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 04/22/2013 - 3:53 PM

Michelle, years ago I kept an exposed roll of film at least a year (maybe longer) and had it developed. The pictures came out but the color was all wrong. If you're serious about developing your rolls of film, I would not delay.

I've had my last roll of film on my dresser for decades now. I don't think it would be very pleasing to get it developed now. Personally, I'm ecstatic that we are now in the digital age. When the revolution of digital cameras first started I was not impressed with the quality of images I saw produced, but today it looks very good. I enjoy processing my own images and manipulating for enhancement although it's time consuming for me. Last week I ordered a Nikon D600 which should be arriving any time now (possibly today). It was a package deal with several lenses and an optional unit that transmits your images from camera to computer as you take the images. Wait, I here the mail truck... cya later!

Ok... no camera yet, but a nice consolation prize... A check for $150 from the folks who selected one of my images to be used for the cover of our local phone directory. (Second year straight for me!).

Update! My camera was delivered about an hour after the local mail truck came through. It was delivered by UPS instead. :)
I guess the grass may not get mowed today after all!


Posted by: Robert Kernodle on 04/23/2013 - 3:48 PM


You missed a real opportunity to take down Smud with his own style, ... cleanly and tastefully, I might add. It CAN be done.

The best defense against "verbal rape", as you call it, is verbal Kung Fu.

Nothing further to offer on topic.


(^_^) You are a forum PAtrol. Troll/PAtrol, ... yin/yang, ... an unavoidable balancing of the universe.

I'm out,



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