11 companies that were left for dead and survived

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    Remember when Polaroid was expected to die?

    The company filed for bankruptcy in 2001, and while it had been a household name for decades, few thought the brand could make it in the age of digital photography. Polaroid was written off as a relic whose technology was soon to be eclipsed by phone cameras and premium SLRs.

    But like Jell-O salad and mutton-chop sideburns, Polaroid continues to survive predictions of its demise. Taylor Swift is giving away Polaroid photos to fans who buy her upcoming album on disc, and last month the company debuted the Cube, a tiny $100 camera that can take still shots and record high-definition video.

    Polaroid isn't back in fighting shape yet, but it's trying. It joins a list of companies making surprising comebacks long after nearly everyone had written them off.

    Read on for 10 more companies still kicking after being left for dead.

  • Kim Peterson

    Kim Peterson is a financial journalist covering business and the economy. She has written for several online and print publications, including MSN Money and The Seattle Times.