Friday, August 07, 2009

Al Olme At Browne's Photo Center ~ Spotting Prints

Here's another one of those circa 1969 photos. This was shot inside Brownes Photo Center while it was still on the corner of N.W. 22nd Ave. and 79th Street.

That show case behind Al was where all the used cameras and lenses were displayed, but it was those drawers below that held the real treasures. Those were the famous "Junk Drawers". They contained everything from oddball flash synch cords to filters nobody ever heard of. When Brownie bought out a bunch of used photo equipment the big stuff went on display. The rest got shoved in a drawer.

Eventually Al moved out of town, the store moved over to Biscayne Blvd and 82nd Street, and both the the quality and quantity of the junk quickly spiraled down hill. When Brownie died it was all over but the shouting.

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