|Ansco was the descendent of the E. & H. T. Anthony
Company, which supplied photographic equipment prior to and during the
Civil War. Anthony merged with the photographic division of Scovill
a manufacturer of camera equipment. The new company was called
Ansco supplied much photo equipment to the U.S. government during
World War One. In 1928 the company was purchased by Agfa of Germany
and was called Agfa Ansco . They manufactured a complete line
of both amateur and professional cameras from their Binghamton N.Y.
camerawork's, which was staffed by many craftsmen of German descent.
The Ansco amateur cameras later became collectors items. They had a
camera factory that made
After the War, Ansco was dominating in the professional photographic
markets. They continued to aggressively market amateur cameras and
film too. They had leads in photofinishing, school photography,
professional studio markets. However, the ownership by the
U.S. government began to put on the brakes. They could not increase
their manufacturing plant. Ansco also for some reason also missed
the photofinishing switch to color negative film, and color paper even
though they had pioneered the process. They concentrated on amateur
films such as Anscochrome/Printon positive/positive process, and
introduced fairly unsuccessful products such as high speed Super
Anscochrome, and 8mm Moviechrome motion picture film. Although still
very strong in professional markets, Ansco was being surpassed by Kodak.
The company was a Division of General Aniline and Film Corporation
It was a wonderful time for young Bill Ryan as professional
publications, and advertising led me into all parts of the company,
learning much about photographic manufacture and marketing.
Management in their advertising department left much room for
responsibility, and rapid learning. Ansco was "a beautiful company "
and truly was a credit to its heritage as the oldest photographic
manufacturer in the United States. I regretfully departed to manage
another photo company leading me to a lengthy
P.S. I have a complete bound set of
Ansconian magazines from the 1920's thru