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    Posted 5 months ago

    Victorians…
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    Hello everyone, this item is not for sale it’s a beautiful camera I stumbled on in Austin Texas. I would love to know more about it. Thank you all so much for your time.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 months ago
      You're at the right site. We have a few experts on cameras here. Welcome to CyberAsylum aka CW.
    2. rniederman rniederman, 5 months ago
      Agfa is an old company originally started in Munich, Germany in the mid-1800s. There is lots of info about Agfa on the Internet. About 1925 is when "Agfa" named cameras started to be produced. This view camera looks to be from the U.S. operations and probably made from 1925 to 1928. It's difficult to pin down dates because the camera design didn't change much over the years.

      If there is also brass "Agfa-Ansco" label, the camera would date from 1928. It is a studio design and referred to as a tailboard camera ... meaning the front was stable and focusing was done by moving the rear back-and-forth.

      The pneumatic bulb and tube probably connect to a shutter mounted in side the front (behind the lens). This was a very common. Otherwise, it is a large format camera that shot sheet film; not a wet or dry plate (i.e. glass plates) era camera. The camera back appears to have a non-factory modification to use a reduced format sheet film. If the bellows is intact and a ground glass added, you can still purchase cut film holders and sheet film to shoot pictures.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 months ago
      Our expert has spoken. Good writeup.

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