Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/12/29

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Subject: Olden Camera [was Re: [Leica] About Photo Arsenal on eBay
From: r.s.taylor at (Richard Taylor)
Date: Sat Dec 29 16:21:13 2007
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It really was a remarkable place.  There was just so much *stuff* up  
there on the second floor.  They seemed to have an inexhaustible  
supply of everything photographic.  Behind that long curving counter  
there all kinds of film, and lots of exotic cameras ready for  
inspection, and off to the left on a separate counter dozens of  
enlargers ready for checkout.

Buying used, which I often did with them, they'd invite you behind the  
counter to point the rangefinder you were considering at a skylight  
through which you could focus on the top of the Empire State Building  
to check the infinity setting.

There's nothing like it around anymore, a shame.  My local Calumet  
sometimes seems close in presentation of gear, but has none of that  
gritty NYC backroom atmosphere that seems to say only we've got what  
you want and we're ready to deal.

Sigh! Nostalgia...  an affliction of age.  :-))

It also makes me think of Radio Row, another of my youthful haunts,  
but don't get me going on that...



On Dec 29, 2007, at 6:55 PM, bob palmieri wrote:

> On Dec 29, 2007, at 4:52 PM, Richard Taylor wrote:
>> I made many trips up that narrow staircase
>> in search of various Leica goodies and bought my first Leica, an M3,
>> there for $160.00 in 1960 something.
> I also bought my first Leica, an M4, at Olden in 1972.
> It was stolen in 1973.
> Didn't get another one for 20 years or so.
> Bob Palmieri
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