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Get Your Pictures Instantly
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.52

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    photographic, successful, reality, motivation, inventor, sunglasses, public, scientist, photographer, equipment, during, early, film, allow, cause, scenery
     content words:    Edwin Land, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Polaroid Corporation, When Edwin Land, Land Camera, Jordan Marsh, World War II


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Get Your Pictures Instantly
By Jane Runyon
  

1     It all began with an impatient little girl. In the early 1940's Edwin Land was on vacation. He had taken his family to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to enjoy the scenery. One day he and his three-year-old daughter were walking back to their room. They had been enjoying the sights of the city. They were like many tourists in the city. They took lots of pictures to help remember the good times they had had.
 
2     The little girl told her daddy that she wanted to see the pictures. He told her that they would drop them off at the drug store to be processed. After a few days, they would be able to pick the pictures up and see them. The little girl did not want to wait. She wanted to see the pictures now. Her father's explanations did no good.
 
3     Land was unable to produce the pictures his daughter wanted. The situation did give Land an idea. Why couldn't he create a camera that would show the photographer the picture just as soon as it was taken? His daughter was the motivation to give his idea a try.

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