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  Ansco Memo

The Ansco Memo was manufactured by the Ansco company beginning in 1927. The leather version is a later model to the wood Memo. The Memo was one of the first successful American cameras to adopt the 35mm film and one of the first 35mm half frame cameras. The camera was designed by Ansco employee Carl Bornmann and the internal mechanism by L.W. Lessler. Patent 74,211 was issued January 10, 1928.

The memo was capable of taking fifty 18 x 23cm exposures on standard 35mm film. Typically itted with a Ilex Cinemat or a Wollensak betax or a Cine-velostigmat lens. Features included an automatic exposure counter, direct viewfinder mounted on top and a sliding film advance lever on back. the shutter provided speeds of 1/25 to 1/150 of a second, plus bulb. The camera measures 2 x 2 1/2 x 4 inches.

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