CAMERA enthusiasts and collectors are mourning the loss of one of Liverpool’s best-known names from the world of photography.
Gordon Moore, who has died at the age of 84, was known to many people as the last proprietor of Moore’s camera shop in Dale Street.
His funeral service took place yesterday at Chester crematorium.
The camera shop was run by the Moore family from the late 19th century, until it ceased trading in 1982.
Gordon is fondly remembered by many enthusiasts for his knowledge and craftsmanship. As well as repairing cameras he also made them in his workshop.
He designed and hand built the famous Aptus Ferrotype cameras, used all over the world by while-you-wait photographers at seaside resorts, fetes and racetracks.
Camera historian John Coathup, who is writing a book about the Moore & Co family business, said: “Gordon was the last of the tribe. There are huge numbers of people in the area that know him from the camera shop in Dale Street.
“I’d known him since 1961 when I bought my first camera in the shop. I’ve still got the bill, still got the camera and it still works. It became my camera shop and I knew Gordon as a friend as well as a camera repairer and enthusiast.”
John added: “For many years Gordon, with his brother Herbert, were seen crossing the Mersey either by ferry or in extremely bad weather, by train, having ridden from their Bebington or Rock Ferry homes rather than taking a bus.
“Moore & Co was the last of the old-fashioned camera dealers in the area, a place where help and good advice was always offered in a friendly and humorous fashion. Visitors to the shop would more than likely find Gordon with a screwdriver in one hand and a device being fixed in the other.”
As well as cameras, the Moore family manufactured racing cycles, called Cliftons, which they sold from a shop in Birkenhead and a number of other outlets around Wirral.
John said: “Aptus cameras and Clifton cycles are still in use today, which gives an indication of their quality and longevity in this age of throw away technology.”