Camera Store from long ago.

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  1. Marvin

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    I took this pic around 1973 with a Minolta srt and a 16mm fisheye. this was a local J M Fields camera dept.
     

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    Wow! Look at all those shelves of film in the back right!
     
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    The shop fittings look fairly modern.

    Tom
     
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    Slide projectors super 8mm projectors FILM and the Minolta case up front!
     
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    :confused:

    Um, how long ago do you think 1973 was?
     
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    I love the GAF film display, that is really cool.

    Oh and 1973 was almost 40 years ago, a lot has happened in that time, but I believe that the basic concept of the metal and glass case, and the steel shelf painted white only date from the 1960's and don't appear to be changing soon so aside from the things displayed, stores have not changed all that much in that time.
     
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    Brings back memories !

    My first real job was working in the Camera Department of A&S in Hempstead.
    My first sale was a Minolta XG-1, with a 35mm, 50mm, 135mm lens.
    And four rolls of Kodachrome 64 with mailers, to Mr. Archer.
    Second sale was an AE-1, lost track after that.


    Don't it always seem to go, That you don't know what you've got, Till it's gone ...


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    Love it! There's what looks like a Polaroid Colorpack in the counter display on the right!
     
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    I worked at this Camera Store for a while and they even had a darkroom section with all the Kodak darkroom supplies. This was in a department store but they gave the Camera Shop the ability to stock whatever they thought would sell. Everyone new this was the place to get their photo supplies at a discount and they sold quite a bit of photo supplies that other stores did not stock. I still have a GAF slide projector like the ones on the shelf in the back.
     
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    1973 was the year that the last Crown Graphic rolled off the assembly line.
     
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    37 years ago.

    And 37 years before that it was 1936, and that was way different from 1973 - which, to tell the truth, isn't all that different from today. The internet was already around - our university had ARPANET, true it ran on a DECSystem 10. And computer graphics were done on an Evans & Sutherland LDS. More a difference of size - especially in cars. And boy did cars and steel mills stink back then.

    In 1973 my Leica M5 was brand new. I still think of it as brand new.
     
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    David,

    I meant more that some things don't change that much.

    Tom

    PS) Nicholas, I invariably get irked when I hear people talk about 'before the internet 15 years ago' when they actually mean before the advent of mass online shopping etc. so your point is welcome.
     
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    I enjoyed this, thanks. It reminded me a little of the (now gone) Sterns Camera, in little Winnetka, Illinois, where I bought my first camera and darkroom supplies back in the late 1970s.

    -Laura
     
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    Camers Store from long ago

    I worked during my school summers in the Camera Barn stores in NY. During the school year I worked at General Photo & Supply in Boston. Some of the old stores I remember are Underground Camera in Kenmore Square in Boston, Olden Camera, 32nd Street Camera Exchange, Minifilm, Wall Street Camera, Doi Camera, the old Willoughby Peerless on 32nd Street, Garden Camera, Competitive Camera, 47th Street Photo, Spiratone in Manhattan, Spiratone in Queens, Ken Hansen Photographic, Hirsch Photo. The 47th Street name has appeared on the internet and Ken Hansen still sells camera equipment but not through a storefront. There is a store at a different location which uses the Willoughby Peerless name. I don't know whether it is related to the old store. Wall Street Camera did not survive the aftermath of September 11th. As far as I know all of the other stores have passed into history. By the late 1970s most camera stores had to also sell electronics to stay in business. Some stores were able to make this change and other weren't. There is some irony in the fact that today digital cameras are essentially electronic equipment.

    Different stores were known for different things. Olden had odd motion picture equipment. Ken Hansen specialized, and still does, in Leica equipment. 47th Street Photo was a high volume dealer so people went there to get a slightly lower price on a new camera. Spiratone had odd gizmos and attachments for a variety of cameras. Doi Camera specialized in repairs. Underground Camera sold equipment to students who were taking photography courses. Minifilm and 32nd Street Camera Exchange were known for new equipment. Camera Barn usually had interesting darkroom supplies and also did a good business in used camera equipment and "D&P" (developing and printing).

    The darkrooms and film areas of B&H Photo in NY have really shrunk to a small part of the store. The next time I'm in the Los Angeles area I'd like to stop in at Freestyle.
     
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    I was born in 1973 and it was 37 years ago not almost 40!

    37 years and no more, three years is a long time - a very long time! No where near 40...
     
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    That shot brings back memories!

    Jeff
     
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    Uh, oh, getting a wee bit touchy on the old four-O business are we? :smile:
     
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    From the same roll

    Here is another one and this is of a Kodak film rack.
     

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    I started working in camera stores around this time and worked in then for about twenty three years.
     
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    Ummm... Kodachrome....
     
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    Love that 120 film!

    Jeff
     
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    Love that 620, and the 127 too :smile:
     
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    It's a good job I don't work in camera stores any more, I go in camera stores now and there's very little that they sell that I recognize because I retired before "The lunatics took over the asylum"
     
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    I worked in the Electronics/Camera department of a Wal-Mart in 1984 and 1985. Ah, memories....
     
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    I worked part time for 16 years in one of Michigan's premier camera stores starting in 1990. When I started there I was really in my element. When I left there I was lost...............................sad.

    Terry
     
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