Chris J Powell

Throwback Thursday – Tech the World has Lost Part 10

I sit here this morning filled with more than a little anxiety over what is about to happen in my life.  I wonder if on July 9, 1972 (3 days before my birth) I was in my Mother’s womb playing over my future and wondering what it will be like to enter the world for the first time?  The things that have happened in my life have been; to say the least, interesting.  The world itself has changed dramatically over the 41 years and 11 months that I have been kicking around. My Thursday Posts have been about Technology that we have lost over time because of “Progress” but this week…I thought I would look back at something that my daughter and I found on an End Cap in Staples last week.

Long before this iconic bit of 70’s Tech became the cultural icon of Instagram, the Polaroid Instant Camera was a part of the “it” crowd at a time when you could not instantly take 1000’s of pictures and share them almost as quickly on Facebook or Twitter.  The act of sharing memories involved the “processing” of film which meant that until the early 2000s nearly everyone went to the local Drug Store, Grocery Store or Photo Booth to get their “Film” processed and the memories of your Trip, Family Function or Babies First Steps could be 1 week, 2 weeks or even longer removed from your memory.

The Polaroid Instant Camera was a game changer in that it would instantly (well close to it) capture and preserve a moment in time that after a minute or so could be shared with those who the moment was built with and around!

polaroid layout
This amazing bit of past tech has always lived on behind the scenes, but on a recent “browsing trip” my daughter and I stumbled across the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8.  It is cool, it is hip and it is a true throwback to a simpler time…when sharing a memory was not about passing your iPhone or Android phone across the table but about thumbing through something real…something tangible and something that you didn’t have to upload to share with the world.

fujifilm instamax

Will I be getting one?

That I am not sure of, I want to make sure it is not one of those flash in the pan type technologies that a few people jump on…and then like a Betamax Tape Player…the ability to get media for it disappears.

I like the idea and the concept and there is space for it in my camera bag so it may just be an impulse purchase one of these days when I make a planned trip to the store (yeah…that is the way my future life is going to be…less spontaneity and more planning…well sort of).

So begins another exciting day for Krispy.  Wrapping up the packing frenzy today in preparation for Sunday’s move to the new digs.  As Alexander Graham Bell so rightfully put it:

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Cheers (and don’t forget to stop and Smell the Roses today!!!),


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