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Ansco Craftsman Camera Kit
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The Craftsman Camera Home Construction Kit was introduced in 1950, after Ansco tested the concept by recruiting schoolchildren to try it.
Advertisements in Boys’ Life magazine in late 1950 told how building your own camera would teach you "the secrets of photography", and suggested that kids should drop hints to the folks to get one for Christmas.
All you need are pliers, a hammer, a screwdriver, and a few hours, and you’re all set to shoot! I have no intention of building the camera though, since the kit is worth much more than the finished camera. This example is complete and unused, with all parts packages still sealed, after more than 60 years.

In 1951 Ansco began selling the Craftsman as a complete, factory-assembled camera. I don’t know if there’s a way to tell whether a Craftsman was made from the kit or at the Ansco factory. In any case, it was one of the very first cameras I wanted when I began collecting.

The Craftsman Kit sold new for .50, which is around in 2011 dollars. Miraculously, I paid less than that for this one. Swell!

Publicité – Advertisement
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Image by Annie Guilloret
Publicité indiquant aux jeunes enfants de faire attention aux personnes âgées.

This advertisement advises children to pay attention to the older people.

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Image by Harshad Sharma
We’re all guilty of biting bigger than we can chew, humans have come so far thanks to this trait. Finally we made machines to do our bidding.

I’m using a bunch of programs and plugins to manage my remaining photos and archive them properly.

Of course, this flickr stream that had 5k+ photos is temporarily bare again, and the photos will be back – but after a little massaging 🙂

You can use this photograph for non-commercial and personal projects for free, the agreement is that you will give me credit for my work, sounds fair?

For commercial use, that includes your blog with advertisements on it… please pay for the license to use this image.

Drop me an email harshad [at] harshadsharma (dot) com 🙂