Ali MacGraw Hawks The Polaroid Swinger, 1965

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The Polaroid Swinger was one of the cutest cameras ever made. It was also the first inexpensive instant camera at only $19.95. Add to this its simple sleek design built-in flashgun and its ‘YES’/‘NO’ function in the view-finder, allowing users to know when the exposure was set, ensured it was one of the biggest selling cameras of all time. Ali MacGraw makes an early appearance in this advert for the Polaroid Swinger, from 1965.


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Via Dangerous Minds, with thanks to Neil McDonald

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on December 14, 2011.

4 Responses to “Ali MacGraw Hawks The Polaroid Swinger, 1965”

  1. Every note and word of that song has stuck in my head for lo, these many years… As you may well remember, most of those b/w shots in LP were taken on a Polaroid Swinger, which hung on my pegboard bedroom wall.
    After about a year or so, the corners of the pics would not develop, leaving a bigger white corner with every shot…

    • I had a Swinger, too, but I naturally thought of you when I posted this, you being the ultimate swinger and all and the chronicler of life as it was then. That is to say, you actually put the thing to use, and remembered where that little, black, smelly, spongy, make-the-picture-develop tubey thing was. I seem to remember your Swinger hanging near the cardboard Carnaby Street sign in your room. Then again, I seem to remember a lot of things. Hello? Who is this? What?

  2. Reblogged this on We Heart Vintage.

  3. That tubey thing was needed to preserve Polaroid pictures of that time period, sort of like a getting good shellacking. Any part of a photo that didn’t receive enough coating faded after a few months.

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