Year 1926

Edwin H. Land, founder of Polaroid, leaves Harvard University after his freshman year to pursue his own research on light polarization. Two years later, he files the patent first synthetic polarizer.

Year 1932

Edwin H. Land establishes Land-Wheelwright Laboratories in Boston with his former Harvard physics professor. George Wheelwright III. They continue to research and to produce synthetic polarizers.

Year 1939

Polaroid produces glasses, ski goggles, 3D glasses, and dark-adapter goggles for the Army and Navy.

The Chrysler Corporation presents a 3D movie made possible with unique Polaroid 3D glasses. Its display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City is the first time an American audience experiences a 3D movie.

Year 1943

While on vacation with his family, Land’s 3-year-old daughter asks why she cant see the picture he has just taken of her. That day, Land conceives of the instant camera.

Year 1947

On February 21st, Land presents the first demonstration of the instant camera, and wows the audience at the Optical Society of America meeting.

Year 1956

The one-millionth Polaroid camera rolls off the assembly line. Polaroid products are now distributed in over 45 countries worldwide.

Year 1963

Polaroid introduces Polacolor, the first instant color film.

Polaroid releases the Model 100 Land camera, the first fully automatic pack film and exposure control camera.

Year 1965

The stylish and low priced Polaroid Swinger camera is released and is extremely successful with a younger generation. The catchy “Meet the Swinger” jingle sung by Barry Manilow featuring a young Ali MacGraw makes the camera a household name.

Year 1972

Polaroid introduces the SX-70 Land camera, the first fully-automatic, motorized, and folding camera with instant color prints. Within a year, the company is producing 5,000 a day.  

Lawrence Olivier becomes an advertising spokesman for the Polaroid SX-70. Life Magazine features the camera and Land on the front cover.

Year 1977

The Polaroid OneStep Land camera debuts. This inexpensive, fixed-focus camera becomes the best-selling camera, instant or conventional, in the US.

Polaroid Sun 600 System cameras and Type 600 color film are released. The Muppets debut in a number of commercial and print ads for Polaroid, including the famous Miss Piggy’s Birthday and Fozzie’s Christmas Present.

Year 1981

Polaroid Sun 600 System cameras and Type 600 color film are released. The Muppets debut in a number of commercial and print ads for Polaroid, including the famous Miss Piggy’s Birthday and Fozzie’s Christmas Present.

Year 1986

The Polaroid Spectra System camera is introduced at Jordan Marsh in Boston, 38 years after the first Land camera was announced.

Year 1992

The Polaroid Captiva camera and film system, an ultra-compact format designed for instant portaits, debuts. Well-known actor comedian Sinbad appears in Polaroid commercials launching the Captive camera products.

Year 1997

A modern Polaroid OneStep Express is reissued in 1997 with a rounded body and in various color options.

Year 1999

Polaroid introduces the Polaroid iZone, an instant pocket-sized camera in a wide range of bright colors. The camera’s thumbnail-sized prints become a hit amongst teens.

Year 2008

The Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer debuts in the US. Polaroid Corporation partners with ZINK® Zero Ink® Printing Technology and manufacturers of ZINK Paper®.

Year 2011

Polaroid launches the Z340 instant digital camera, a fully-functioning digital camera and integrated printer that uses ZINK® Zero Ink® Printing Technology to instantly transform digital pictures into fun 3×4″ prints.

Polaroid introduces the GL10 Instant Mobile Printer. Innovative and simple, the GL10 allows users to instantly print photos from their mobile phones using ZINK® Zero Ink® Printing Technology.

Year 2012

The Polaroid Z2300 instant digital camera becomes the newest addition to the Polaroid camera line. The innovative digital camera uses ZINK® Zero Ink® Printing Technology to print to print 2×3″ sticky-back photos instantly.

Year 2014

The Polaroid Cube debuts as the newest and smallest Polaroid lifestyle action camera. The 35mm camera is weatherproof, shockproof, mountable and packed with 1080p HD video, 124° wide-angle lens, and built-in battery that records up to 90 minutes.

Year 2015

Polaroid introduced into the market inks for all brands of printers in all formats, being the professional brand that makes inks for any printer on the market and offering a logical solution to its customers.

Year 2016

Polaroid innovates again and introduces its own line of high quality peripherals to offer its customers.

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