Ansco Memo Half-frame

Introduced in 1927, the Ansco Memo is a beautifully crafted 35mm half-frame camera that was one of the first America 35mm cameras to sell in any quantity. Despite its boxiness the Memo’s weight feels right in the hand the the action on the shutter release minimizes camera jitter. Make Ansco Model Memo Year c. 1927…

Ansco Vest Pocket no. 2(A)

After a fairly long hiatus due to moving, I will be posting cameras here on a regular basis. The Ansco VP no. 2(A) is one of the neatest cameras I have come across in a while. The action of its strut-folding mechanism made me smile the first time I used it and the overall attention…

Ansco Panda

Ostensibly designed as a children’s camera, the Ansco Panda has fared well over the years. Produced between 1939 and 1950, the Panda is a simple Twin Lens Reflex (TLR)-like camera , though it more closely resembles Kodak Brownies of the period. It has a waist level viewfinder, f16 lens and uses 620 format film, producing…

Ansco Memar

A rebadged Agfa Sillette, the Ansco Memar was sold in the U.S. between 1953 and 1958. With an f3.5 lens and Pronto shutter (up to 1/200), the Memar is a lightweight good all around 35mm shooter.