Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Ansco Box Camera

ANSCO

Name: Ansco Box Camera
Manufacturer: ANSCO
Country of Origin: USA
Construction:  
Production Period: Not known

 

Variant: No 2 Ansco Box Camera
Plate / Film Size: 2 x 3 (120) rollfilm
Lens: Not known
Shutter: Not known
Dimensions (h x l x w):  
Date of this Example: c1935?
Serial Number: None
Availability:
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 94

Description

The ANSCO No 2 is a simple box camera, equivalent to the Kodak Brownie No 2 box camera. The estimated date of 1935 is based on code on box label "JN-35".

The camera was purchased with its original buff coloured sales carton, complete with its yellow/red label in very good condition. It also came with remnants of its instruction booklet.

The leatherette covering is in good condition as is much of the bright metalwork. However the shutter lever, aperture slide and some other fittings show light rusting. The camera retains the ANSCO golden badge on the front face. The handle is also intact.

There is an ANSCO Speedex film label inside the back (a transfer, which is now quite brittle).

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Variant: No 2A Ansco Box Camera / Buster Brown Special
Plate / Film Size: 116 rollfilm
Lens: Not known
Shutter: Not known
Dimensions (h x l x w):  
Date of this Example: c1920
Serial Number: None
Availability:
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 176

 

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Description

Like the smaller No 2, the ANSCO No 2A is a simple box camera, but in an attractive red/maroon finish with brass trim. It is equivalent to the Kodak Brownie No 2A.

This camera also came with remnants of its original instruction booklet. This has a code on the bask cover suggesting it may have been produced in 1920 (see scan below).

The leatherette covering is in very good condition as is the brass coloured metalwork. This example also shows the ANSCO gold coloured badge on the front of the camera. The handle is still intact and embossed with the maker's name.

As with the previous example, there is an ANSCO Speedex film label inside the back of the camera (transfer).

Notes

The image below shows the front and rear covers of the box camera instruction booklet. This particular example came with the No 2A size (#176).

Image of instructions for Ansco No 2 and 2A box cameras

The booklet simply identifies the camera as the No 2 or 2A box camera. However the ANSCO box cameras were also referred to by the Buster Brown name, used by ANSCO for a series of box and folding cameras over several decades. The code on the rear cover of the booklet suggests it might have been produced in 1920. In this period, the camera in its red finish was shown in advertisements aimed at children, where it was referred to as "My Little Red Chum". The same adverts also identify the camera as the Buster Brown Special.