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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAMAICA: THE GEM OF THE TROPICS

Archer Camera: 1946

Archer Camera: 1946

My grandparents Ralph E. and Mildred M. Archer, center and right, in the camera shop they owned and operated from 1929 to 1961 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Originally at 104 Exchange Place and then later just around the corner at 113 West Central Avenue. Scan from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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Longevity

So glad to find that your grandparents both made it to their 90s. Here they look more mature than their years, although that seems to be common for those times. Is your aunt still with us?

Same time; same place; another view

Always thought this was just another view taken at a different time since the background was entirely different without paying any attention to what they were wearing which is exactly the same as in the original post complete with flowers. And this shot actually shows some cameras in the camera shop which are unfortunately a bit out of focus to see the exact models (and prices) clearly. And as another comment mentions this is very likely a special occasion with all the flowers, as I suspect it was taken on the opening day of their new shop; now on the main street (Central) from its original location just around the corner on a small side street (Exchange Place)

Flowers for milady

Noting the corsage and floral arrangement, I have to assume this was a special occasion. Anniversary? Opening Day?

Just looking at this

Gave me a whiff of Dektol.

Logo on wheels

Titusville, Pennsylvania, circa 1930. The Archer Camera Shop logo on the spare tire cover. Accessory models are my aunt (Shirley A. Archer) and her brother, who was also my father (Ralph H. Archer).

Wish I could go back there

I could really use a dark yellow filter for my 1933 Voigtlander Superb. I wonder if there's one in that display case.

Camera store of my dreams!

Very classy folks in a very classy setting.

I'd forgotten how I used to love spending hours in every camera store I could find. Made many wonderful friends and I hope they all did or are doing well.

 
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