The First Disposable Camera (Sep, 1949)

Apparently, this is one of those ideas that takes 30-40 years to catch on.

Mailbox Camera
HOW often have you arrived at a scenic beauty spot without your camera? A. D. Weir got caught on this pictorial limb so many times that he decided to do something about it.

The simplest remedy was a pre-loaded camera which could be rented at a near-by store for a small fee. That wasn’t a new idea—but in the past, devices to handle film inside such a camera had cost too much. Weir, a mechanical engineer, worked out a plan for feeding the 35-mm film without using a metal spool or winding device.

So, now you can drop into your drugstore, ask for a Photo-Pac and for $1.29 you get the loaded camera. After you take your eight exposures, you drop the entire unit in the mailbox. A few days later the mailman brings your prints and negatives. For helping to convert Uncle Sam’s mailboxes into darkrooms, we’re sending Mr. Weir Mi’s $50 Prize Gadget Award.

14 comments
  1. [...] D. Weir invented the first disposable camera in 1949, called the “Photo Pac“. Users had to mail in the entire camera and wait one week before getting back their [...]

  2. Krysaleah says: October 14, 20083:04 pm

    WOW THIS IS SO INTERESTING!!!!!!!HAHA(not really)

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  9. JMyint says: November 4, 20099:02 am

    The original Kodak camera of 1888 was preloaded with film. After the 100 pic were taken the camera was sent in for the pictures to be processed. When the pictures came back so did the camera loaded with fresh film.

  10. Firebrand38 says: November 4, 20099:28 am

    The patent for the 1888 camera http://www.google.com/p…

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  12. Jane Blake says: October 28, 20109:06 am

    this is the stupidest thing in the world, and all the is being said here is fake, the first camara was invened in th 1940′s!!! So real, but yet fake!

  13. Jari says: October 28, 201010:34 am

    Jane Blake: Your knowledge of cameras is astounding…. As for first disposable camera, try searching for “The Ready Fotographer” from 1892. I don’t consider first Kodaks being truly disposable, as the camera itself was sent back to customer.

  14. Firebrand38 says: October 28, 20101:00 pm

    Jane Blake: To paraphrase Lisa Simpson, I know what all those words mean but your post makes no sense.

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