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Art Deco Cameras

Agfa-Ansco Cameras

Here are the Art Deco Agfa-Ansco cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.

I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.

RatingArt Deco Credentials
star star star star starIconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated
star star star starSignificant: Pronounced and self evident
star star starNoteworthy: Worth giving special attention
star starAcceptable: Modest and restricted
starLimited: Minor and insubstantial

Agfa-Ansco

 ModelDateFilm
star star star star star
Royal 1A Ostrich Skin
1925116
star star star
Readyset Royal Silver Fox
1931120
star star star star star
PD16 Plenax
1935616
star star star
PB20 Viking
1940620

History

In 1928, the US division of Agfa entered a merger with the Ansco company of Binghamton, New York. Products manufactured in either country were then branded and sold under the dual name Agfa Ansco. For a period of approximately 15 years, cameras originating with Ansco in the USA and some from Agfa in Germany were branded as Agfa Ansco. With the entry of the US into WWII, the Germanic associations of the Agfa name were seen as a liability, and it was dropped. Several product lines that had originated in the Agfa Ansco period were then continued under the Ansco name alone.