Central Camera

Central Camera Company was founded in 1899. It is the oldest camera store in Chicago. The store has been owned and operated through three generations of the Flesch family.

According to their website Central Camera was founded by Hungarian Immigrant Albert Flesch. Mr. Flesch was initiated to photography while working in a Chicago camera store. He opened Central Camera in 1899 at 33 E. Adams Street. The store moved to a location on Wabash Avenue. In 1929 it moved to its present location at 230 S. Wabash.

Albert Flesch was an entrepreneurial sort. He started processing film and created a catalog for mail order.

The store looks like an old-fashioned camera store, stocked with new and used equipment and gear. It would be a haunt and haven for collectors. Unlike others, the store’s décor and layout appear to be unchanged. Walking into the premise is like a walk into decades past.

While others have gone by the wayside Central Camera is still thriving.


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