Polaroid Mailers & Misc. Inserts

Not really manuals, but interesting (to me at least) as historical information.

I got Land Camera 210 information when I picked up another 250 at a thrift store.

Thorough. A manual to tell you where to find your manual.

Thorough. A manual to tell you where to find your manual.


That’s a lot of patents on one of the simpler Land cameras.


A lot of old Polaroids come with cases and paperwork. The mailers for getting copies of your prints are interesting. I lined these up in what I think is chronological order based on the prices. I scanned the whole thing for the oldest one. In typical Edwin Land fashion, it is logical and well laid out.

Fold the sides & bottom, insert prints, & seal.

Fold the sides & bottom, insert prints, & seal.


Visa was still "BankAmericard" & Mastercard was still "Master Charge".

Visa was still “BankAmericard” & Mastercard was still “Master Charge”.

I guessed this one is later because B&W prints are $0.05 more.

I guessed this one is later because B&W prints are $0.05 more.


The tidy package when it's all folded up.

The tidy package when it’s all folded up.


This is another example of how much thought went into this little mailer. You can see the instructions on the inside right below where someone would lick to seal the package, “Reminder – Tear off California address if you live closer to Massachusetts”. Both parts of the flap are gummed to seal the envelope. I made a GIF but decided it’s annoying.

Keep the flap and the California address shows.

Keep the flap and the California address shows.


Tear off the flap and it exposes the Cambridge address.

Tear off the flap and it exposes the Cambridge address.


I may have 1 and 2 transposed. The kids seem like an older ad and the 1st one has a “new product” the “11 X 14 Custom Gallery”. It also makes sense that PS181S-2 comes before PS181-X. Now I’ve convinced myself that the 1st one should be in the middle. Oh well, I’m not going to rearrange everything now.

Pretty sure this is the newest. It has an effective date, prices are higher, and...

Pretty sure this is the newest. It has an effective date, prices are higher, and…


Polaroid is no longer paying the postage.

Polaroid is no longer paying the postage.


The outside of the 1974 mailer. Groovy.

The outside of the 1974 mailer. Groovy.


I have no idea if Edwin Land had anything to do with the copy order mailers but it seems like the kind of thing he would obsess over until it was perfect.

Have a GIF. It is annoying. Muahahahaha!

Have a GIF. It is annoying. Muahahahaha!