Vintage Polaroid One Step Flash 600 Point & Shoot Film Camera w/Film Pack Inside

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Vintage Polaroid One Step Flash 600 Point & Shoot Film Camera w/Film Pack Inside

This is a popular instant picture developing camera from the 600 Series of Polaroid cameras.  The One Step is known for its ease of use and allows for taking indoor flash pictures without needing batteries.  The flash power source is in each roll of film!  The camera’s electric eye type photocell automatically adjusts shutter speed and exposure setting and the need for the flash for any lighting situation. There is a lever to self-control the darkening or lightening of a picture.  Included with the camera is a copy of the Polaroid 600 Series Camera User Guide and an actual 600 film cartridge that was in the camera when found.  The camera has an attached strap that allows the camera to hang from your neck to take a quick picture.  A European company still makes instant cameras and the various 600 films that work in this camera.

Approx. Dimensions: 5-5/8" L x 5" W x 4" D (closed) x 6" D (open)

Approx. Weight: 01 lb, 6 ozs 

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.

CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera is in great condition. The shutter appears to work. The inside film loading area is in good condition.  The flash and camera was not tested by filming and pulling out the picture tab which releases developing chemical on the picture paper. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). The inside film roller has some normal dried chemical residue but in not any amount to interfere with filming operations. There are some light scratches. The camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, but does come with a copy of camera series instructions. The camera will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.

HISTORY: POLAROID “LAND” CAMERA COMPANY

The brilliant American inventor and physicist, Edwin Land, took a leave, when he was a student at Harvard to invent a very economical polarizer.  It reduces glare in sunglasses, goggles, camera filters and lens coatings and other optical equipment, some of which were used in WWII and today.  In 1947, he introduced an instantaneous developing film with a finished print in 60 seconds.  His cameras and later color film took the world by storm.  During his lifetime, Land received more than 500 light and plastic patents.  Eastman Kodak decided to make and sell an instant camera and film.  Land sued for patent infringement.  It took 10 years but Kodak settled for $925 Million.  Land’s company was one of the glamour stocks of the late “60’s”.  It reached a high of almost $150 a share.  Much later in bankruptcy the stock dropped to 28 cents a share!  Today, a Dutch company still makes instant cameras and film interestingly called, Polaroid.

ABOUT THE CAMERAS

An amazing find for vintage camera & projector enthusiasts! The cameras are part of many items acquired from the Cairo Camera Shop.  Please check often as many become available in the near future.

BACKSTORY:  Frank G Cairo, Owner of the Cairo Camera Shop  

Frank Cairo moved from the Bronx, New York to Kenosha, WI in 1943.  The next year, after getting married, he acquired the neighborhood grocery store next door and made it into Cairo Camera Shop.  He operated the store for over fifty years until his death in 1997.

He loved cameras, projectors, movie stars and movies and was the photographer for the local auto workers union. He began collecting 8, 16 and 35mm films.  Eventually, Cairo Home Movies became the largest private film collection in Southern Wisconsin.  In addition to renting films and projectors, one could rent him to show movies from his library at parties and events. In the summers, he had free outdoor movie nights for neighborhood kids. If you would like to see a 5 minute video about Frank Cairo and his camera shop as told by his son, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqCoUsiGfaA