According to the Polaroid FAQ and contrary to what the OutKast song suggests, you really shouldn’t shake your polaroids.

The best way to ensure a perfectly developed image is to simply lay the picture on a flat surface immediately after it exits the camera. Shield it from the wind and avoid bending, twisting, or otherwise disturbing it during development.

Okay fine, but it’s not nearly as much fun that way.

  • Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid, and introduced the first commercially-available instant camera, the Polaroid Land Camera Model 95 in 1948.

  • The first instant color film was introduced by Polaroid in 1963

  • The OneStep Land Camera, introduced in 1977, was one of the biggest selling cameras in the world for a few years