Camera [Polaroid Spirit 600 CL]

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Polaroid Corporation, Manufacturer
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Spirit 600CL Polaroid Camera. Back plastic casing with viewfinder at back. Neck strap attached to camera. Stored in original cardboard box with polystyrene packaging and instruction booklet.
Brief History
Although there were cameras developed in the later 1800s which allowed in-camera processing, such as the Dubroni, patented in 1864, Edwin Land’s Polaroid camera and film brought instant photography to the masses with the launch of the Polaroid Model 95 in 1948, the first viable instant camera. The Model 95 used instant roll film, which was replaced by a peel-apart pack film in 1963 which allowed the film to be developed outside the camera.
The Polaroid Spirit 600 CL camera dates from the 1980s and used Polaroid 600 colour film. A battery built into the film pack powered both the camera and the electronic flash. The flash was designed to be used with every photograph taken, either indoors or outside, although it could be overridden by pressing the red “non-flash button” on the front of the camera. In 2008 Polaroid discontinued Type 600 film, however a new company, initially named The Impossible Project, was formed and, using the original Polaroid plant and machinery, they reinvented and relaunched Polaroid’s 600 and SX-70 films.
Polaroid / Spirit 600CL Embossed
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Polaroid Corporation. Camera [Polaroid Spirit 600 CL], 2021.28. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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