On August 21, 1957, Robert (Bob) and Rose Pallman opened their store in downtown Indianapolis. They had no money, but a lot of spirit, and they poured their heart and soul into this small family-owned business. More than 50 years–and a few tweaks later–we are still going strong.
In the beginning, we sure didn’t have the makings of a successful camera business. We sold everything from jewelry to small appliances to luggage to fishing poles. Downtown Indianapolis was devastated in those days – definitely not a Super Bowl city that attracted visitors and customers.
In 1968 things took an interesting turn, Bob bought a little section of catalog to see if he could sell cameras. The store had one employee who was taking a photography class in high school and he said “I think I can sell those things.” It was a Minolta camera, and they started selling!
Over the past 37 years, Bob and Rose’s son Bruce Pallman (the now owner of Roberts) made knowledge about photography equipment and making our customers feel like family our top priorities. Pretty soon, we were getting calls from photographers around the world. This little store in Indianapolis was making a name for itself.