Ansco Photoproducts, Inc.

Universal View Camera

Agfa-Ansco Catalog 56P, August, 1938, pp. 6-7
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Date Introduced:  ; Years Manufactured: c. 1926-1935
Construction: front and back focus via rack and pinion (gear tracks on top of base rails), double extension; double swing back, shifting and rising front
Materials: darkly stained cherry; brass hardware (deluxe version with nickeled hardware); black leather bellows (early), or later, black leatherette bellows (deluxe version with red leather bellows)
Sizes Offered: 3x4, 4x5, 5x7; 8x10
Notes: extension is built-in - an improvement over the detachable rear extension so often lost on models such as the Improved Empire State and Eastman 2d. One interesting feature is that both the front and back standards slide on the same size metal tracks, so can be interchanged, if desired - the camera in the engraving is set up for back focus, while the camera in the photo is set up for front focus.

References: 
Willoughby Photographic Supplies #S-936, Willoughby Photo Emporium (New York, NY); c.1920, p. 4
Photographic Equipment Apparatus and Supplies, Catalogue No. 18
, Norman-Willets Photo Supply, Inc. (Chicago, IL); c.1925, p. 2
ANSCO Cameras Photographic Equipment, ANSCO Photoproducts, Inc. (Binghamton, NY), July 1, 1926, pp. 27-28
Catalogue No. 31 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1926-1927, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1926, p. 72
Photographic Materials and Professional Equipment,
AGFA ANSCO Corporation Catalog Z14-52-5, c. 1930s, p. 4
Photographic Supplies,
Burke & James, Inc. (Chicago), Catalog #250, 1931, p. 24
Photographic Materials, Mail Order Catalog No. 131,
George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), April 1931, p. 34
Catalogue No. 42 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1932-33,
Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), p. 39a
Photographic Materials Mail Order Catalogue No. 135, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), July 1935, p. 39
Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY) Catalog No. 136, April 1936, p. 39
Photographic Materials for Professional Use, Catalog 56P
, Agfa-Ansco Corp., August 15, 1938, pp. 6-7
Catalogue of Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY) Catalog No. 397, July 1939, p. 43

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