Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
SAVE POLAROID CAMPAIGN:
On February 8, 2008, Polaroid Corporation announced that it will discontinue production of all instant film. This site will document the aftermath of this announcement and will serve as a home-base for the effort to convince another company to begin producing the cherished technology that Polaroid has so carelessly abandoned.
This site is not about saving Polaroid, the company, rather the remarkable invention of Edwin Land, the instant film that made Polaroid a household name.
What We’ve Done So Far
Since this announcement, we’ve been assembling articles, links, stories and planning out the best way to create a joint effort to save instant film. We’ve contacted Polaroid, Fuji and Ilford about licensing. We have more in the works and will update this site regularly.
What Can You Do?
1. Join the flickr group. Upload your photo and a description of what Polaroid film means to you.
2. Download the Action Pack. It contains pre-addresed postcards to send to Polaroid, Ilford and Fuji with information about why Polaroid should license manufacturing rights to other companies. It also has flyers and other media to distribute to camera shops, film labs or anywhere else.
3. Write to Ilford and Fuji (or any other potential manufacturer) yourself. Nothing will convince a company to produce something more than the knowledge that there is a large market for it. Here are their addresses.
4. Sign the petitions. There is a list of them in the sidebar of this site.
5. Digg this site. Or blog it. Or add it to any of the bookmarking or social networks out there. It all helps.
6. Contact us with other ideas. If you have an idea, a skill, connections or any other way to help this effort, let us know.
Notification of Polaroid Instant Film Availability
Due to marketplace conditions, Polaroid has discontinued almost all of its instant analog hardware products. Polaroid has also made the difficult decision to cease manufacturing of instant film products in 2008
The following is the projected availability for Polaroid instant film products.
Product Projected Availability Until* Date of Expiration*
600 Q1 09 Aug 09
600 Write-on Q4 08 May 09
Spectra/Image Q1 08 Aug 09
T990 Q1 08 May 09
Spectra Film Q1 08 May 09
T779 Q1 08 Jan 09
690 Single/Twin Q4 08 Sept 09
PC100 UV Twin Q4 08 Mar 09
T669 Twin Silk Q3 08 Mar 09
T611 Twin Q2 08 Feb 09
T672 – Twin Q4 08 Jun 09
T664 Twin10 Q4 08 Sept 09
Polapan Pro 100 – 10 bulk Q4 08 Jun 09
T667 Twin 10 frame Q4 08 Sept 09
Sepia Q2 08 Jan 09
T51 Q1 08 Aug 09
T52 Q4 08 May 09
T53 Q3 08 Aug 09
T54 Q3 08 Sept 09
T55 Q4 08 Dec 08
T57 Q3 08 Mar 09
T59 Q1 08 Sept 08
T72 Q4 08 June 09
T79 Q3 08 Feb 09
T809 Q3 08 Dec 08
T804 Q1 08 April 09
T803 Q4 08 Sept 09
Other Products that have been discontinued prior to 2008 include:
Commercial : T665, PC64, T661, Viva film and Type 80’s.
Integral: T500/Captiva, izone, Notepad and Time Zero.
Last updated 18-Feb-2008
Please know that we will continue to place notification stickers on all commercial films being discontinued. We will also continue to post updates on our website regarding the status of certain products.
We are committed to providing customer service for all of our products. Customers seeking further information should call customer service at 800-225-1618 or visit our website, www.polaroid.com.
We hope that you will continue to choose Polaroid products, as we take instant imaging into the digital platform with exciting new products being launched this year.
We appreciate your commitment to Polaroid products and apologize for any inconvenience that the discontinuation of certain Polaroid products may cause
*Projected Availability subject to change depending upon demand. Date of Expiration is based on the last date of manufacturing which varies by product. As the Projected Availability Date approaches, the closer we are to the Date of Expiration.