My beloved polaroid land camera finally died for good last month. No matter how many times I changed the batteries, film, or tinkered with the wires, I coudn't resusitate it like I had so many times before. It lasted me several happy years and only cost 99 cents from a thrift shop, so I can't really complain.
In memory of it, here's a link to a great article on LIFE.com about Edwin Land, the inventor of the Land Camera with beautiful polaroids taken in 1972 with the first generation of the SX-70 Land Camera by Co Rentmeester. These two are my favorite. Enjoy!