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MIT Museum Receives 70 Years of Polaroid History in Donation From PLR IP Holdings

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 5, 2010) MIT Museum announced today that PLR IP Holdings, LLC (PLR), the owner of the Polaroid brand, has donated a collection of classic Polaroid products and prototype designs from its 73-year archive.

The archive of Polaroid history and artifacts contains some of the most fascinating inventions and innovations from the 20th century.   Rare Polarized glasses dating from the 1939 World’s Fair, original newsprint sketches by Polaroid founder Edwin H. Land, a historic bellows camera the size of a filing cabinet, as well as examples of Land-designed camera prototypes, and SX-70 cameras that defined the instant photography era, are just some of the original items that the MIT Museum acquired.  In June, the museum plans to display a few artifacts from this new acquisition.

Polaroid revolutionized photography through its instant camera experiences and inspired generations to share memories in a new way.  With new partnerships and expansion into new product categories, Polaroid continues to deliver revolutionary products that reflect the legacy of Edwin Land.

The MIT Museum is excited and honored to become home to one of the world’s largest and most significant corporate R&D collections" said MIT Museum Director John Durant."MIT is the perfect repository for these diverse and fascinating artifacts embodying the exhilarating sense of discovery that defines American innovation. The MIT Museum has a number of significant corporate collections that showcase MIT as an engine of innovation and entrepreneurship in this region."