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Ansco Anscoflex I
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Photos by PF text by JB. From the collection of Jacques Bratières. Last update 2017-01-02 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from (Circa) 1954 to (Circa) 1956.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 30050

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Chronology of cameras Ansco 

The Anscoflex I is an amazing camera as far as the mechanical point of view is concerned.
The body is metallic (aluminum?) and is enameled with a greenish grey. It is fitted with a big button used for film winding and shutter cocking, a small red button for shutter release, an aluminum curtain panel on front protecting lens and viewfinder.
When the curtain panel is moved upward, it opens the two plates protecting the viewfinder. This two plates are opened by two small rivets circulating inside grooves of a complicated shape. Two small springs allow to close back the two viewfinder protecting plates.
Close to the viewfinder is located a red button opens, when pressed, the rear door of the camera
The curtain plates has an edge to be able to handle it easily.
Finally, the camera is protected against double exposures and the winding/ cocking button has a convenient movement to and fro!
There is no adjustment available.

This is a beautiful camera, innovative and well designed by the French-American designer Raymond Loewy.

It is ironic that the first argument in the description of this device is its plastic construction (it is metal!). Not a priority, the elements of its design.

The catalog describes it as a new economic camera. Indeed, its price is USD 15.95 away from the Regent (USD 54).

Some time later, it will be replaced (or assisted) by the Anscoflex II. This one is a bit more elaborated, with a yellow filter and integrated close-up lens.

Ansco Anscoflex I