ANSCO Pioneer Camera

In the 1970s the GAF Corporation donated their historic camera collection to the Smithsonian. GAF was a film-based photographic supplies company which had a long history of purchasing other photographic business. GAF was the successor to the German based AGFA ASNCO and had U.S. headquarters in Binghamton, New York. Through AGFA ANSCO the company also held historic early photographic equipment from the important American camera makers Anthony and Scovill. This ANSCO Pioneer plastic and metal camera was produced from 1947-1953 and used 616 film.
From its invention in 1839, the camera has evolved to fit many needs, from aerial to underwater photography and everything in between. Cameras allow both amateur and professional photographers to capture the world around us. The Smithsonian’s historic camera collection includes rare and unique examples of equipment, and popular models, related to the history of the science, technology, and art of photography.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1947-1953
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 12.5 cm x 12 cm; 3 3/4 in x 4 15/16 in x 4 3/4 in
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catalog number
accession number
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Artifact Walls exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of GAF

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