Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 9 Ansco


Name: No 9 Ansco
Manufacturer: ANSCO
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Production Period:  


Model / Variant: Model A
Plate / Film Size: 3¼ x 5½ rollfilm (Vidil)
Lens: Wollensak Optical Co
Shutter: Cyko Automatic (T, B, 1/25 - 1/100)
Dimensions (h x l x w):  
Date of this Example: c1905
Serial Number: Inside rear door carries the stamped number 228
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 166


The No 9 Ansco camera is a horizontal format folding camera. The internal wood has a wonderful patina. The nickel plated parts show some signs of corrosion and loss of plating. The lens and shutter are in good condition as is the shutter. Viewfinder fixed to base board with cover. The leather on this example has lost some of its colour but is not scuffed; strap present.

The camera back has a door to reveal the ground glass screen (glass not original) - this is a "Vidil" back. ANSCO produced Vidil film which had sections of film interspersed with waxed paper. When wound to the wax paper, the back could be opened and the affect approximated to a ground glass screen. The camera was focussed and then the back closed before advancing to the film itself to take the photo.

The camera came with original Ansco leather case (strap is missing).

To open the film compartment, push the catch on the front to the right, which then releases the rear door.

Date is based on McKeown [1], which lists the Model B as being introduced in 1906.

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