Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century ("Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!") are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas.
Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95) and the Polaroid One-Step are among the cameras that made instant photos all the rage.
In 1974, the museum website says, "a billion Polaroid photos were taken."
Today, Polaroid says, about 380 billion photos are taken each year, many on cell phones.
Those cellphone pictures and other digital devices rendered film, including Polaroid's instant-developing variety, obsolete.
Several cameras and other artifacts previously in the Polaroid collection at the MIT Museum in
The museum also has a foothold in the 21st century. Its mobile photography exhibit consists completely of photos submitted by members of the Instagram community.
The first-floor retail space will appeal to those who still want to display their favorite images. Employees called Fototenders will help customers preserve their pictures on a variety of products, using materials such as bamboo, metal and stone.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, until midnight Thursday and Sunday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Museum admission is $10.
[For the record, 4:50 p.m. April 24: A previous version of this post incorrectly said there were three Fotobar stores in Florida. There are four.]