Mystery Object: The Death Of The Disposable Camera

300px-Kodak_front_up Cameras of any generation in the 20th century were very expensive and tended to be left at home be the general public but disposable camera was able to fix this problem .The earliest developments of the disposable camera began 1949 (Mechanix Illustrated, 1949) which was made of cardboard and only was able to take 8 incomplete photos (exposures), that had to be sent to back to company which was called Photo-Pac. Complete photos where sent back after processing judging by the technology of time period customers most likely got the their complete photos after two weeks minimum.

Disposable cameras became increasingly popular during the late 1990’s to general public who wanted to take pictures at their events, notable weddings where  cameras being placed on each guest table was the norm. Though disposable cameras lacked quality, durability and the images produced by them were not best to offer at the market at that time. They had a huge market since their availability was really high and the price of the where very low.

The death of the disposable camera followed years after the 2003 where digital cameras where commercially produced for the first time, but the decline was not instant since the general public still preferred having physical photos. But matched with the ability to see your images straight after it was taken, home-printing and internet the public soon realised the digital cameras were more convenient for the them. Also are less costly in the long run and around 2004 (Graham, Jefferson, 2004) digital disposable cameras were produced but had they more disadvantages than regular disposable cameras, so they soon became extinct as well as their non-digital counterpart.


“The First Disposable Camera.” Editorial. Mechanix Illustrated Sept. 1949: n. pag. 4 May 2006. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. (

Graham, Jefferson. “A Disposable Digital Camera Enters the Market at $19.99.” A Disposable Digital Camera Enters the Market at $19.99 (2004): n. pag. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. ( )


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