Agfa, Agfa-Ansco

Binghamton, New York, USA (Product Developer)

Agfa was the abbreviation for Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation, the name given in 1873 to a company founded in Berlin in 1867 that produced chemicals for photography. In 1926, Agfa introduced its first camera, the Standard. In 1927, Agfa licensed Ansco to manufacture its products for the American market. Ansco was a photographic company based in Binghamton, New York, that produced photographic films, papers, and cameras from the mid-1800s until the 1980s. In 1928, Ansco merged with Agfa to form the corporation Agfa-Ansco. Like other photographic companies, Agfa and Agfa-Ansco manufactured photographic postcard stock that was used both by amateur photographers and by postcard publishers to produce real photo postcards (photographs developed onto photographic paper the same size as standard postcards [3-1/2" x 5-1/2"]).

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