Ansco No. 3A Folding Buster Brown
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Ansco's No. 3A Folding Buster Brown is a camera to make postcard-sized exposures on roll film. In Ansco's film-size designations of the era, this camera used 18A or 18B film (for 6 or 10 exposures, respectively) This is equivalent to Kodak's 122 size, using a spool 3.75" tall. It was one of a series of folding bed cameras made by Ansco's camera factory in Binghamton, New York. It was launched 1912 or 1913. The camera has a focusing lever with distance scale and a reflecting type finder on its folding bed. The Actus shutter offers three speeds up to 1/100 sec. plus T and B mode. The chrome plated metal parts plus the black leather(ette?)-covered and black painted parts of camera body and folding bed give it an elegant look.
Buster Brown was a cartoon character appearing in newspapers and adopted as the mascot of the Brown Shoe Company; a blond boy with a pageboy haircut and a dog sidekick; but Buster does not seem to be depicted on the camera itself, and neither do the instruction books cited below make any reference to him.