About the closing and some of the history...http://www.sturm.to/blog2/archives/287

I certainly recall that the Brooks Cameras of the 1960's was very very different than the Brooks Cameras of the 1990's. I often visited in the 1960s. My visit in the 1990's seemed to garner not nearly the same level of respect from me, in large part due to the massive window displays of awe inspiring gear had diminished greatly in scope, it almost seemed like the toursit trap stores!