Anyway, I can just about make out an Olympus OM-1 in the glass case and, I think, some Minolta, Yashica and Pentax 35mm cameras - and some cine cameras as well. There are a few Polaroid Land cameras in the case on the left and what looks like a Rollei film projector sitting on the counter top. There's a couple of enlargers on the counter top - the one on the right might be a Durst. Behind the projector are a good range of papers - the yellow boxes were Kodak Veribrom and Bromesko papers but there are a few white boxes of Ilford papers too. This was before the days of variable-contrast papers of course, so you had to buy your grades separately. I've still a few of these boxes with prints in them from those days and grade 2 or 3 seems to have the popular choice for The Brother and I.
At the bottom of the case with the Polaroid cameras there is a Smiths darkroom timer and just behind are what I reckon are Durst Coltim timers in their boxes.
What else have we - well, as you can see there's a good deal of Paterson chemistry on the shelves behind, slide viewers and some slide projectors just visible on the top right.
I like the promotional card for the Yashica FR-1 on the counter-top - 'Handle with flair' I think it says. Nice. The price looks like £210.50 if I've read it correctly - apparently that would equate to about £1300 in today's money. The Brother liked his Yashicas and then his Contax RTS. Come to think of it, there's still an old Yashica lurking around somewhere - I must stick a film through it some day.
The poster for the Rollei 35 SLR system is prominently displayed where the papers are - now this wasn't cheap at £294.20 (that 20p must have been carefully worked out, eh?). That would be about £1900 today. Seems like a lot of money. The Rollei 35 SLR didn't really work out - although the pharmacist had one for years before he switched to Nikon. By all accounts the lenses were pretty good but reliability of the bodies was poor.
At the front right we have a few tripods and projector screens. When I saw the tripods I did laugh - I must have bought the Slik one at the rear, as nowadays the Sinar lives on it (excuse the digital image this once).
|Sinar on Slik|
But as usual I digress. The good thing about working at Whites was not only did I get to feed my habit by being surrounded with all things photographic, but I was allowed to buy equipment at cost price. I think I spent every last penny that I earned over 5 years on film, paper and equipment. It goes without saying that I really did love every minute I was there.
Here's a shot of Iris, who assisted the chemist in those days.
|Iris, peering out from the dispensary|
Believe it or not Iris was still working in the same shop until a couple of years ago. Of course there's no photographic counter nowadays, so there's no need to go there very often...
As you can just about make out there on the left, we have our stock of films - some nice old memories there! Red and yellow Kodachromes, black and yellow Kodacolors and I can just make out some Ilford FP4 on the top. Reminded me of this shot you saw earlier. Then we've got flashguns - nice to see Sekonic still going - a few lenses and a better view of the darkroom paper on the right. I like the 'sticky' for the Flashcube prices - Polaroids were 34p for 1, 67p for 2 or £1 for 3. Not a great incentive to buy in bulk then...
By the way, those perspex square contraptions with holes in them that are hanging from the dispensary were used as a rapid way to count tablets. You chose the one with the correct sized holes for the tablet, placed it into a box-like holder and just emptied the tablets out over it. By tilting the holder all the remaining tablets could be collected and put back in their container, while the 'holes' would now be full, one tablet in each. Very simple and very fast - in the days before blister packs were invented, of course.
In those days Pharmacists were very different to today's breed - for one thing, they actually made up potions and creams and emulsions and all sorts. Nowadays there's none of that - just read the 'script, go to the shelf and give it to the customer. And no photographic counter! Must be very, very boring being a pharmacist in the 21st Century...
Just to finish, here's one of the 'other' counter - much less interesting for us film bods, of course:
|The 'other' counter|
When I see shots like these it makes me wish for a time-travel machine...just to visit for a couple of hours, talk to my old colleagues and yes, yes, OK, the real reason: to pick up as many of those 35mm cameras - and films - as I could before taking my leave. Just How Good Would That Be?