A Look Back: The First Disposable Camera

A. 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 developed photos/negatives. View the full-image here The simplest remedy was a pre-loaded camera which could be rented at a near-by store for a small fee. […]

A. 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 developed photos/negatives. View the full-image here

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