Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Throwback Thursday: The Polaroid Camera

Updated 4 years ago

If you were born in the 1980’s then there is no doubt you know all about the “Polaroid” camera. If you were born after 1990, you probably still know about the device thanks to a popular OutKast song (don’t fight it, just sing: shake it, shake it like a Polaroid piiiiiiiiicture).

The Polaroid camera was perfect in its day. Playing on the human need for instant gratification, the moderately compact camera would allow you to click the shutter and have a developed image in your hand within two or three minutes. Gone were the days of taking your film to a “film store” for development and waiting days or even weeks for your prints. Originally designed by Polaroid in the early 1970’s, instant film — and ultimately Polaroid as a whole — fell victim to the even-more-instant digital camera. We would guess most of you over the age of 20 have a Polaroid candid or two hanging around the house somewhere. Who misses the days of Polaroids!

Also… Polaroid insists that shaking a Polaroid picture did not expedite its development. Ignorance was bliss, no?

BGR Throwback Thursday is a weekly series covering our (and your) favorite gadgets, games, and software of yesterday and yesteryear.