Thrift Store Find: Swinger Polaroid

My friends all know this, and I’m not ashamed to say, I’m a savvy thrift store shopper.  I can dig and find the best complementing outfits for a portrait shoot.

I also look through certain bargain bins to find yardage of linen, wool and silk in dresses, skirt linings and pants so I can sew my own medieval re-enactment outfits.

My favorite reason to thrift shop is up-cycling! It’s a new buzz word, but before it was used, I called it “creative re-purposing.”

thrift store find polaroid swingerpolaroid land camera, swinger modelToday’s creative find goes to my husband, who found a Polaroid Swinger Land Camera, model 20.

His current craft interest, or at least idea that he’s toying with, is to take an older camera and turn it into a desk lamp.

We had found a Polaroid One Step, but he was so nostalgic that he didn’t want to make it non-functional, and so now he is seeking film for it. 🙂

Back to the Swinger…

We looked it up online and found a black and white 60’s television advertisement for it on YouTube.

The camera produced only black and white photos. We had fun trying not to giggle while watching, noting how cheerful and “outing friendly” it was.

140328_0015The announcer stated it was the perfect “on the go” camera that would produce in focus and perfect exposure day-time shots with the help of a red internal meter that read “YES” when the exposure was correct.

I pointed the viewfinder directly at my Otte-light and saw the red dial they were talking about. (I did not see it when I inspected it at the thrift store) I can almost see the “YES” they were talking about.

The next stop was to look at film, which we found out pretty quickly that it isn’t produced anymore and is non-existent.

Then he checked Ebay and saw they weren’t that valuable overall, and so he actually might use this one as a desk lamp. Here’s hoping. *crosses fingers* that I get an AWESOME camera lamp for the studio.

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2 thoughts on “Thrift Store Find: Swinger Polaroid

    • Sadly, the film for this camera is extinct. It would have been a black and white peel apart instant exposure film. I think even the Impossible Project (the cool peeps that make film for out of date cameras) don’t stock its specs.

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