The Craftsman is a box camera sold by Ansco for 2¼×3¼ inch exposures on 120 film. It has a single speed shutter and meniscus lens, and viewfinders for portrait and landscape format. It was first introduced in 1950 as a kit for home assembly, as pictured. The following year, Ansco also offered the camera factory-assembled.
McKeown states that Ansco also made an earlier (about 1926), better-quality wooden box camera, also called the Craftsman, but notes that this name was not on the camera, so it is difficult to identify.
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- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p57.