by Phyllis Trypuc (Mrs. Philip Trypuc)
Philip Trypuc was born in Brooklyn in 1926, one of four boys. The family moved to Patchogue in 1928. After finishing school, he entered the Army Air Force, until 1946. In 1947 he and his dad, Philip Senior, opened Center Moriches Camera on Main Street.
I often asked him why they went to Center Moriches, not Patchogue. His reply was that, at the time (the '40s), Kodak required a certain mile distance between dealers. Can you imagine that in today's world?
Philip Trypuc was able to work the store until 1996, at which time a major heart attack made that impossible. At that time his son, Philip Paul Trypuc, ran the Trypuc store for ten years before having to close its doors. A sad ending for sixty years of his life which he thoroughly enjoyed. He passed away in 2004.
Philip Trypuc's many local photos and hundreds of wedding candids are his legacy to a village he truly embraced.
The Center Moriches Free Public Library is grateful to Mrs. Trypuc for her permission to archive Mr. Trypuc's historic photographs on our library website.
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