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  • Edwin H. Land, founder of Polaroid, leaves Harvard University after his freshman year to conduct scientific investigations of the application of polarizing light filters. Three years later, Land makes his first patent application for polarizers that reduce headlight glare. View Gallery

  • Edwin H. Land establishes Land-Wheelwright Laboratories in Boston with his former Harvard physics professor, George Wheelwright III and carry on research into the possible application of polarizers in sunglasses, filters, and automobile headlights. View Gallery

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

  • While on vacation with his family, Land's 3-year-old daughter asks why she can't see the picture he has just taken of her. That day, Land conceives of the instant camera. View Gallery

  • Edwin H. Land announces his invention of the instant-picture process, the first one-step dry process for producing finished photographs within one minute after taking the picture, at a meeting of the Optical Society of America on February 21. View Gallery

  • On November 26, 1948, the first Land camera was sold for $89.95 at Jordan Marsh department store in Boston, Massachusetts. The Model 95 Land camera becomes the prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras produced during the next 15 years. View Gallery

  • The one-millionth Polaroid Land camera, a Model 95A, comes off the assembly line on September 27. Polaroid products are now distributed in over 45 countries worldwide. View Gallery

  • Polaroid debuts Polacolor instant color film. Intensive research leads to Land and his associate Howard Rogers’ invention of the dye developer molecule upon which the instant color system is based. The Polaroid Model 100 Land Camera is introduced. It is the first camera ever to employ a transistorized electronic shutter for completely automatic exposure control. View Gallery

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

  • The stylish and low-priced Polaroid Swinger camera is released and is extremely successful with a younger generation. Polaroid underwrites its first educational television program, “The French Chef,” with Julia Child which wins an Emmy for best educational television program. View Gallery

  • Dr. Land demonstrates a revolutionary system of photography which includes the SX-70 Land camera, a fully automatic, motorized, folding, single lens reflex camera and SX-70 Land film which automatically self-develops in daylight. Sir Lawrence Olivier becomes the spokesman for Polaroid’s SX-70 camera in a series of television, radio, and print advertisements. Life Magazine features the camera and Edwin H. Land on the front cover. View Gallery

  • The Polaroid OneStep Land camera debuts. This inexpensive, fixed-focus camera becomes the best-selling camera, instant or conventional, in America shortly after it is introduced. James Garner becomes television spokesman for Polaroid cameras. Dr. Land is awarded his 500th US patent at the US Patent Office and is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. View Gallery

  • Polaroid introduces the new 600 Sun system: the Sun Autofocus 660 and the Sun 640 cameras with built-in and light management electronics, and 600 High Speed color Land film, the world's fastest instant color print film. 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. View Gallery

  • The Spectra System, Polaroid’s most advanced photographic system, is introduced. The Spectra Camera debuts at Jordan Marsh Company in Boston, 38 years after the first Land camera was announced. View Gallery

  • 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. View Gallery

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

  • 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. View Gallery

  • The Polaroid PoGo instant mobile printer debuts in the US. Polaroid Corporation partners with ZINK® Zero Ink® Printing Technology and manufacturers of ZINK Paper®. View Gallery

  • 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 3x4" prints. View Gallery

  • 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. View Gallery

  • 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 2x3" sticky-back photos instantly. View Gallery

  • 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. View Gallery

  • Polaroid launches the Polaroid Snap instant digital camera and Polaroid Zip instant photoprinter. The next generation Polaroid Cube+ Wi-Fi lifestyle action camera debuts. View Gallery

  • The Polaroid Snap Touch instant digital camera launches. Including Wi-Fi and ZINK® Zero Ink® Printing Technology, it's easier than ever to share life's greatest moments instantly. View Gallery

  • The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera debuts, combining a sleek, modern design and digital technology with 3.5x4.25" Polaroid border prints. View Gallery

  • September 13, 2017 marks the 80th Anniversary of the founding of Polaroid by Edwin Land in 1937.

  • Polaroid Originals launches and introduces the Polaroid OneStep2 instant analog camera. Polaroid Originals film debuts, bringing back integral film for legacy instant analog cameras and new i-Type cameras. View Gallery

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