After 35 years, Jack Deo is semi-retiring. His storefront on Washington Street in Downtown Marquette will close on Sunday, but Superior View will remain in business over the Internet.
Superior View's final hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Deo has moved his collection and lab to his home. He will still do copy and restoration work.
"My phone numbers will still ring," said Deo.
Deo's website, www.viewsofthepast.com, has over 20,000 photos. He has some of his best sellers posted on eBay. All of the historic photos that are currently at Superior View will be moved across Washington Street to Art of Framing.
"We have the perfect situation," he said. "We'll have an outlet downtown, and I can just work from home."
Deo opened a store on July 4, 1978 above Doncker's and remained there for 25 years. In 2003, he moved across the street to his location on the corner of Washington and Third Streets.
"What a difference to go from an upstairs store to the busiest corner in Marquette," Deo said.
Now Deo's wife is retired, and they have a granddaughter. He said he's going into 'retail retirement.'
"I haven't even seen what I've collected in 35 years," Deo said. "I have 100,000 negatives, and I've seen half of them. So it's going to be fun looking at what I have. And then I took photos for 40 years here in Marquette, and I haven't seen the thousands of slides I shot from the 1970s, '80s and '90s. So I have a whole second-half coming."
Many of the antique cameras at Superior View are on sale for $10.
"I've been a home for wayward cameras for 40 years," he said. "People don't want to throw away a camera; I've taken them or I've bought them. I must have 200 old cameras that we're going to sell very reasonably.
"I have lots of originals in antique frames that I'm willing to let go at a very reasonable price."
Also up for sale this weekend are fixtures, like racks and displays. Not everything is being sold, though.
"I've kept all the best things that relate to the City of Marquette," Deo said. "I'm never going to get rid of any of those. Some day they'll probably be donated to the right people here in town."
Deo said he thanks his customers for 35 great years downtown and for everything that was donated to him.
"I just hope that when tourists come to Marquette, people can explain our history like I did for 35 years," he said. "I had so much fun talking to tourists. The first question always was, 'What is that thing at the end of the harbor?' and I'd start with the ore dock history and away we'd go. They'd walk out just so happy to be in a historic town like this, and I hope somebody takes that over downtown and learns to give the tourists the talk they need on history here."
Deo owns the building on Washington and Third, and it is currently for sale.