AGFA was the abbreviation for Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation, given in 1873 to a company that had been founded in Berlin in 1867. It produced chemicals for photography. Most famous is the film developer Rodinal, introduced in 1892 and continued for 115 years. In 1926 it introduced the first real Agfa camera, the Standard. In 1927, the successful Billy camera series was introduced, and Agfa licensed Ansco to manufacture its products for the American market.
Here are the Art Deco Agfa cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.
I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.
|Iconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated|
|Significant: Pronounced and self evident|
|Noteworthy: Worth giving special attention|
|Acceptable: Modest and restricted|
|Limited: Minor and insubstantial|
Billy Record 8.8