Posted 6 years ago
Early in my collecting and years before specializing in pre-1900 wood apparatus, small American cameras caught my eye.
This 1927 Memo by Ansco is not rare and actually pretty cute – a reason I kept this camera. (Besides, my kids like it.) It is a small, leather covered wooden camera that makes 50 exposures 18 x 23mm (½ frame) on 35mm film. Sliding a button on the back advances the film.
This is an early example with an “ANSCO” brass plate. It has nicely pebbled and embossed leather, brass exposure counter and its original suede carrying case. Several variations were made including a polished wood version and a Boy Scout model painted in olive-drab color.