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Agfa-Ansco PB-20 Antar

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Posted 3 years ago

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JohnKratz
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Ansco merged with Agfa in 1928, and cameras bearing the Agfa-Ansco name were produced until about 1943, when the company's association with Germany became a problem at the outset of WW2. During those 15 years, they made alot of cameras, including many folding-bed models. I think this one is the most attractive one of all, mainly because of the elegant art-deco design on the sides.

Rather than assigning model names, most of Agfa-Ansco's folders were referred to by the name of the lens on the camera, along with the type of film it took ("PB-20" film is equivalent to Kodak's 620 film). This makes things a bit confusing. When I was looking for this camera, I had to search for combinations of PB-20, PD-16, Antar, Tripar, etc.
I'm glad to have found this one, and at a reasonable price. The ones with this particular deco pattern tend to bring higher prices than similar, but less-fancy models.

This camera was made c1935 in Binghamton, NY.

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  1. guymannering guymannering, 2 years ago
    Just want to say that I wish everybody posted nice, sharp, crisp photos like yours.
  2. JohnKratz JohnKratz, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Guy!
  3. gramcroft gramcroft, 2 years ago
    Very elegant camera,have seen many agfas, but never like this.Sharp photos as well.
  4. smsorensen27 smsorensen27, 1 year ago
    The "accordian" type cameras are a personal favorite of mine :) Really nice! and it looks like it's in awesome condition too
  5. JohnKratz JohnKratz, 1 year ago
    Thank you!

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