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Agfa Ansco Memo
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Manufactured or assembled in USA from (Circa) 1940 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 770

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Chronology of cameras Agfa Ansco 

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

Agfa or Ansco? Both!
Between 1928 and 1943, the Ansco marks (American) and Agfa (German) joined on the American market. The entry in war of the USA will make disappear the name “Agfa”. The mark will become again then “Ansco” for the USA.
The Memo was among the last cameras to have a German-American family. It probably dates from the end of the 30s.
It is about a small folding camera, but horizontal. It uses the format 24 X 36 mm, in a Karat cartridge (of Agfa origin). Its Memar lens opens to 5,6. The shutter has speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 second and the exposures B and T.
In 1941, this camera cost, in the USA, 14,50 dollars.

Its originality is its mode of winding. On the back, there is a cursor to make slip into a rail. In end of race, this cursor makes turn the meter of views. Two springs recall the cursor towards its starting position. The process is very effective, from a handling point of view. The Karat cartridges not having an axis, the cursor moves two clips clipped in the perforations of film 24 X 36. One can suppose that in film end, the entry of the film in the cartridge was to be a little more difficult and that the cursor was to sometimes tear the perforations.

Agfa Ansco Memo

Agfa Ansco Memo