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How Midwest got it's start:  

Melvin, a young American Soldier during WWII in the Army Pictorial Service had his Graflex camera break down.  Knowing it would take months to get it back from service he decided to take it apart and repair it himself.  Soon others in Pictorial Service and other soldiers started to bring their broken photographic equipment to him for service.  After his return he would take this knowledge home to his fathers camera store.  He then trained his younger brother Raymond on what he had taught himself and Midwest Camera Repair was born.  It would not be until 1957 that the brother's would officially take the name Midwest Camera Repair, but our roots started in Italy in the 1940ís.  The brothers would go on to be two of the founding fathers of the trade association NAPET (National Association of Photo Equipment Technicians).  Midwest would become one of the first Authorized Kodak Service Centers.

    

 

Melvin and Christian his girl in Italy, he would later bring home as his wife.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                           Ray and Rose on their wedding day. 

 

 

Before Midwest got it's start:  

Why do we have an ad from a 1899 newspaper posted for a company that sells and repairs farming implements and manufactures and repairs delivery wagons? 

Notice the address of ď 116 Oak St. near Cor of ThirdĒ.  If you were to Google this address you would find itís near the corner of First Street not Third St , thatís because the city changed the address in the 1920s.     

Why is this ad important to us?  Because 116 Oak St. would go on to become 318 Oak Street the now location of Midwest Camera Repair, Inc.   And Frederick C. Engferhr is our Great Great Grandfather, our family has been in the repair business for over 120 years in one form or another. 

In the early 1900ís our grandfather John Sr. before starting Feldman Camera Exchange, worked out of the downstairs of 318 Oak Street making parts for a car manufacturer.  While upstairs there was a hall that was rented for weddings, parties, etc.  Then in the late 1950ís our Dad Ray and Uncle Melvin moved Midwest Camera Repair, Inc. from out of the back of their father's camera store into the downstairs of 318 Oak, as Midwest grew they would take over the hall upstairs also.  In the mid 1960's they would add an addition that would almost double the size of the building.