Saturday, March 20, 2010

Polaroid Cafeteria, Waltham MA, March 20, 2010 "Paisley is a Rat"

Today we did manage to find a precarious spot along a steep part of Bear Hill Road to take some quick snaps of the old, pettered, Polaroid buildings in Waltham, MA, which is near here.  As you can see in this photomatix perturbed and disturbed image, the old Polaroid plant is abandoned, broken into, and covered in graffiti.

"Paisley is a Rat" and "ICH" along with many other adornments  above pried-open doors with who-knows-what lurking inside.

All very conspicuous along the old Route 128 - the Miracle Mile of Massachusetts (now Route 95) and appearing in this treatment more like an old Howard Johnson's post card, nostalgic and quaint, at a distance at least. How horrible this must be for those who devoted their careers in these buildings, to see them in such utter decay, permanently and unrevivably pettered for history, like the lost books of the libraries of Alexandria, burned and dimly remembered.

Think of this on Monday, when some better news may greet us, and what it may mean for the many who labored with dyes, caustic reagents, and at times, unreasonable demands,  in years past.  For those with a forensic eye and who like to pick over corpses, I have uploaded a bigger version here, that you can click on.

7 comments:

Maximg4040 said...

nice picture, would be amazing to have some kind of Polaroid exhibit in the building rather than just let it go to waste!

Anonymous said...

Good use of HDR (oops, CDR!) Not too obvious.

Anonymous said...

It looks like the doors are wide open!

Bob Crowley said...

As of June 9, all the glass is out, and all the tiles along the trim and bottom areas have been removed. This building will be gone very soon.

captainhotwater said...

I worked there for two years. The people were great. I have great memories of the people, the place and some of the artists that I met such as Marie Cosindas. The place had heart.

Anonymous said...

This picture brings back memories of driving for Polaroid as a spare tractor trailer driver, in 1996. I backed Polaroid semis into these docks hundreds of times prior to quitting stemming from harsh treatment to spare drivers from Polaroid traffic department personnel. This couldn’t have happened to a better traffic department. Thanks for the picture.

Bob Crowley said...

By that time one bankruptcy had already happened and the company was dissolving, so it is no surprise to hear your report. Imagine what it must have been like for people who had spent their entire careers at Polaroid.