2011's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

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Gone in a flash

That's what Eastman Kodak's instant camera business was on Jan. 9, 1986 after the company lost an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States on a patent dispute with rival Polaroid. According to The New York Times: "Polaroid began its suit six days after Kodak introduced its first instant-picture camera in April 1976. The instant photography market peaked in 1978 as consumers began to switch to new easy-to-use 35-millimeter cameras."

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