Ansco Craftsman

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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[1] 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.


  1. 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.