Ethnic Heritage Museum profiles Camera Craft

Exhibit opens with open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, in the Irish Gallery

From press release

Sunday, Oct. 17, the Irish Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum (EHM) unveils historical memorabilia provided by Camera Craft owner Tom Brady.

This open house runs from 2 to 4 p.m., with a special information program for camera buffs that begins at 2:15 p.m.

Robert D. Brady, former owner, will share his recollections with visitors.

Camera Craft’s origin dates back to the Rockford Photo Service business in 1930. The owners at that time wanted to expand their service with the opening of the Camera Craft Shoppe at 112 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford. This was located directly across from the Palace Theatre and Old Simon Drug location in the Rockford Register Gazette. Over the years, Camera Craft was a constant presence in downtown Rockford, having four different locations until the early 1990s. The current Edgebrook store was opened in 1973, and offers a variety of photo equipment, processing and photographic classes. The growth of this industry is fascinating to see at this exhibit.

In addition,1920s through 1950s vaudeville photographs dating back to the Rockford Palace Theatre days are on display. These photographs once lined the halls of the Mayor Hotel next to the stage door of the legendary Palace Theatre on Wyman Street. The photographs are on loan from the granddaughter of the former Mayor Hotel proprietor Jack Lauder. These exhibits will run through Nov. 28 in the Irish Gallery. Stop and experience the changes in the photographic industry.

Admission is free, although donations to the museum are appreciated.

From the Oct. 13-19, 2010 issue

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