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As you all know, we are very fond of polaroids around these parts of internet woods.
There is just something instant (no pun intended) classic and nostalgic about them, something that makes you think you live in the middle of a “Wonder Years” episode, and everything is in soft focus (as life sometimes should be)
Yes, we know that it is a little expensive and that technology is zooming by, and yes we love the digitalism just as much (and hate picking favorites in general) but we could not help but be saddened by the (breaking) February 8th news that Polaroid is getting out of polaroid business

The company, which stopped making instant cameras for consumers a year ago and for commercial use a year before that, said today that as soon as it had enough instant film manufactured to last it through 2009, it would stop making that, too. Three plants that make large-format instant film will close by the end of the quarter, and two that make consumer film packets will be shut by the end of the year, Bloomberg News reports.

The company, which will concentrate on digital cameras and printers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001 and was acquired by a private investment company in 2005. It started in 1937 making polarized lenses for scientific and military applications, and introduced its first instant camera in 1948.

So, it is most definitely an end of an era:
Shed a tear.
Stock up.
(though not all hope is necessarily lost: Polaroid said it would happily license the technology to other manufacturers should they want to go on supplying the niche market with film after 2009)
Enjoy some of the golden times on these sites:

my personal (and occasionally NSFW) favorite