Polaroid Fotobar Coming to Union Station in July


Thanks to a reader for sending word about a Polaroid Fotobar coming to Union Station:

UNION STATION – Washington D.C.

The reader writes it’ll be located in “the space will be at the end of Union Station by the McDonalds (obviously, from the reflections in the pic!)”

Engadget explains that it is:

where you can go and have your digital photos professionally printed…each staffed with so-called Photenders to help you get the best results, and equipped with a “patent-pending proprietary technology” that’ll let you wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to a workstation. What’s more, the stores won’t just be producing glossy photos, but what Polaroid describes as handcrafted pieces using canvas, metal, acrylic, wood or bamboo — those will be shipped to the customer within 72 hours.

Sounds cool.

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  • Wow– I wish them luck in this business. I was under the impression most people don’t print photos any longer, they just upload them to facebook or instagram. There’s always a groupon or some internet deal to print a photo cheaply on canvas.

    • I guess they are trying to change that. It sounds like they can take phone pictures (things that people wouldn’t normally think to print) and turn them into nice looking framed prints. That’s pretty cool.

    • I don’t know about that. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I have tons of pictures hanging on my wall, most of which were printed from digital files.

    • I disagree. Most of my art in my apartment is self-shot on my digital camera and printed to hang on the wall. Makes for great conversation pieces when people ask where I got such and such.

      Nice to see a local place offering this service as it’s tough to find quality printing without having to order something online.

    • Those internet deals for cheap canvas prints tend to produce canvas prints that look really cheap. It’s one of those areas where you generally get what you pay for.

  • I would use this service if its not too expensive

  • Great idea and perfect location for tourists to use!

  • I live nearby so I’ll definitely check this out when it opens. I’ve been meaning to get some of my photos printed!

  • FedEx Kinkos prints digital images from your phone. It cost about $1.50 for an 8×10…you just email them your pictures and you pick them up.

    I don’t understand the need for this. It’s probably going to be overpriced anyway. So much for positive pamela!

    • This sounds like it’s less oriented towards a pile of prints and more towards a finished work of art that can be hung on a wall.

      • I agree – it seems like a cool idea, if enough people purchase to support the endeavor. I’d print some of my own stuff it was affordable, and believe tourists might do the same for a souvenir (particularly since they could have the finished item sent home).

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