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Nikon in the Loop: 1959

Nikon in the Loop: 1959

1959: Sons Harold and Melvin Shutan being shown the finer points of a new Nikon F by father Edwin, along with Robert “Mac” McElroy on the right. The Nikon F was introduced in 1959, became Nikon's best seller, and made Nikon the professionals choice. This particular Nikon F was brought to Shutan Camera on West Washington Street in Chicago by Joeseph Ehrenreich. Joe's company Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries (EPOI) of Garden City, NJ was the sole distributor for Nikon in the USA. In 1981, Nippon Kogaku, the Tokyo-based maker of Nikon cameras acquired EPOI. Soon after, Nikon USA was formed. View full size.

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The hood!

There was something magical in old Nikon gear. Those metal lens hoods were so cool, in either position.

I really miss that stuff.

Nikon F

My dad indulged in a rare splurge and got himself a Nikon F in the early sixties. His camera looked very much like the one in Edwin Shutan’s hands, including an identical lens hood. He also had an 8mm film projector, but not exactly like either of those on the shelf. Strange that both sons in this photo wear glasses while the father does not.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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