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Manufactured in Etats-Unis from 1947 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

For much, Polaroid is the inventor of the instant photography. It of it is nothing, since this principle had been discovered several tens of years before Edwin Land deposit his first patents. The greatest merit of this inventor is necessary to make of them a commercial success, primarily due to the facility of use of the process.
Little front time, in 1948, an American company, the Speed-O-Matic of Boston, laucnhed a camera of the same name.
This one is very simple. It is made of rather mean black plastic.It has only one shutter speed. Its extinctometer posts a figure between 1 and 5. A serrated roller located under the lens posts the same figures and makes it possible to change the aperture. Behind, a large metal rod dowry to allow to extract the photograph from the camera. Unfortunately, that that I have was empty and I thus do not know with what resembled the film cartridge, nor which was the process. The only thing that I know, it is that the pack contained 12 photographs.
Undoubtedly following the fiasco of this camera, the firm changed name and became Dover Film Corporation. The cameras was transformed to use a more traditional film 620.

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