So in my intro I think I mentioned that I collect cameras that my Great-Grandfather sold in his store in the late 1940s. I have a few (3 total) photos of his store and several adverts he placed in the local newspaper at the time. I believe he actually had a different store in Torrance, Ca for a short time before opening up this store with his brother and a businesses partner (of whom I know nothing) in Long Beach, Ca.
He sold used gear as well as Agfa Ansco, Zeiss and a few others based on the ads. I can't identify all of the cameras in these photos but I've figured quite a few of them out.
I thought it would be fun to share these photos.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2014 16:12:02 GMT -5 by JoeZilch
I have an article from 1948 stating that about $2,000.00 worth of gear was stolen from the shop which must have hurt.
Every time I buy an old camera or see an old camera bag I keep an eye out for any paperwork that might have been from his shop. Without serial numbers it'd be impossible to know if I actually managed to snag one that he sold though that would be awesome.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2014 23:57:04 GMT -5 by JoeZilch: Added photo of the news story