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The Design Studio remanufacture new products from reclaimed and salvaged materials prolonging the social history the materials.


The Polaroid Corporation was founded by American scientist Dr Edwin H Land in 1937. In 1944, Land was asked by his 3-year-old daughter why she could not see the picture he had just taken of her. Her request led to the design and manufacture of the first Polaroid Land Camera that went on sale just before Christmas in 1948. Land ran the company until 1981 and at its peak it employed 21,000 people and a turnover of 3 billion $.


The relatively cheap plastic-bodied Instant 30 consumer model was manufactured in the UK between 1975 and 1978. Despite Polaroid’s popularity the Polaroid Corporation declared bankrupt in 2001. The ‘new’ Polaroid formed as a result itself declared bankrupt in 2008. In May 2017, the brand and intellectual copyright was acquired the Impossible Project. The Impossible Project was

renamed Polaroid Originals in 2017 and changed to simply Polaroid in 2020.


The camera has been mounted on a vintage Yashika ST7 tabletop tripod with 360-degree rotational ball head. Yashika was a Japanese manufacturer that traded between 1949 and 2005. It uses a standard SES E14 lamp holder that complies with BS EN 60598. It accommodates any E14 LED bulb saving 85% energy. Comes with an IKEA RYAT LED bulb E14 100 lumen, globe clear.


Height: 13”/310cm, Width:  7”/180cm, Depth: 8”/200cm.


Upcycled Vintage Polaroid Instant 30 Land Camera circa 1975

SKU: 0004
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