Back in the day, when taking photographs, we gave little thought to viewing our photos on the spot. For those “thrill seekers,” who needed such immediate gratification, Polaroid had a variety of cameras designed to give you your fix, most within 60-seconds.
Before the advent of 1-hour photo drive-through at Target, Costco and CVS, there was the local drug store, in my case “Rexall” in West Los Angeles. We filled out a form, took our film to the counter, and handed it to the nice lady, who promptly tossed it into a bin, presumably to be picked up later by someone from “the lab.”
A few days to a week later, we returned to the store and picked up our processed film negatives and a set of prints. Sometimes we received two prints for the price of one, which excited us, but which I now believe was absolutely a waste of time, paper and resources (but that’s another discussion).
Often, we stood right there and flipped through the pictures, stating, “oooh, oooh, oooh,” for each shot we liked.