Was surfing around doing some research on a possible new camera(digital!) purchase when I just decided to google "Altman Camera"
to see what might pop-up and ended up here.
I was there at the end! Worked in 1st floor camera sales and up in the "catwalk" Don't even remember how long I was there.Probably 2-3 years. Went on to work at both Helix and Lion Photo in Schamburg--both gone also. All the union stuff happened before I got there.
Don't remember too many names, it has been nearly 40 years! "Cherly" does ring a bell--tall, slender, short hair?
Also Urban Faber, son of White Sox Hall of Famer(?). Roomed with him while at Helix.
For now photography is just a casual, less than part-time hobby, but like I said am thinking of getting my first DSLR
(started out with a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic)
Can someone tell me when Altman's was open? My dad can't remember where he got the Realistic Stereo camera (that I have now) from, but it was downtown Chicago. He thinks he got it in 1960. They lived in Oak Park in the late 50's and moved way out west by Peru in the early 60's.
The last couple of times I have been back to Chicago I always try and make a point to go to Calumet since I bought a used body from them 10 years ago, but the wife and kids don't seem to share my enthusiasm to go visit a photography store.
Not sure what possessed me to Google Altman but I did. I worked at 35 E. Wacker so the store was a popular lunchtime trip. I could not afford Nikon and Canon at the time so I 'settled' for Olympus. Bought, and still have, my OM-1 and OM-2 at the store. Also bought my enlarger there. I never felt rushed when shopping. I am under the impression the sales staff did not work on commission.
Shutan was the choice after Altman closed. Just recently went through a couple of boxes of photos looking for things to scan and upload and there were many Shutan envelopes. Take a peek at www.myimagecollection.com if you want.
I did visit Helix a few times but their location was not convenient.