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Norman Inder worked in and around photographics for almost his whole life, starting with a local newspaper he and his brothers produced in their family home in Manly in the 1930s. During his career he photographed over a thousand weddings, was the founding force and general manager of Camera Houses of Australia, and helped develop the Promura range of camera lenses.

Norman started the Acid Free Photo Album Shop with his wife Sabine in 1990, not only introducing the concept of 'acid free' photo albums, but also nimbly nabbing pole position in the Yellow Pages telephone directory. I recall the tremendous number of people who would stick their head into the shop simply to find out what an 'acid free' album was, and most of them would leave with an album or two; testament not only to Norman's quiet and charming salesmanship, but also his philosophy of only promoting worthwhile products which people would be happy with. Just about everyone became a 'return customer'.

Over the years, many people shared their photos and their stories with Norm, Sabine and myself, and though our own holidays were rare, as is the way with a family business, we felt as though we travelled the globe constantly, and always had friends to talk with.

Norman retired from the business officially in 2008, but it was so much a part of this life that he couldn't stop coming in most days. He was pitching in right up until March 2018 when the showroom was closed and the business went exclusively online.

Norman Inder passed away peacefully on 12 October 2018 at the age of 90, and is missed greatly.

 

Lars Inder

 

 

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