Monday, October 3, 2011

Thrift Store Camera Monday!

The Ansco "Pioneer" dates all the way back to 1947.  This camera was made between 1947 and 1953 in Binghampton, NY.  My wife found it in a thrift store, and I like the look.  When I open the back to look inside there's... nothing!  Not sure if it's missing parts, or is so basic it's just a light box.  There's a channel along the top of the camera for a small viewfinder.  The shutter release is on the right side of the lens.  Push down and count to 3?!


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  1. Looks and sounds cool. Have fun with it!

  2. Old is gold! You can have it as a keepsake and antiques are always valuable:)

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  3. Hubby finds cameras at thrift stores, too. He found a Kodak Brownie, like his mom had! We even drove to Lake Elsinore once to buy a Hasselblad from a man was a 1969 model!

  4. This is a treasure for photographers.

    Regards and best wishes

  5. It's a lovely old camera to see... well worth just putting on a shelf just for display.

  6. Heisann!
    Wonderful pictures.

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    Put on your walking shoes, bring with your camera or paper and pen and document what you see on October 9 and link to my blog!
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    Join us ;:OD)
    Comment on my post on Sunday, and I collect the links and make a new post on Monday!

  7. The old cameras were really so simple. We could never have imagined back then what the new ones would be able to do. This one is a beauty and I'm glad it landed with someone who appreciates it.

  8. Very interesting post.

    Nowadays with modern cameras until we forget those who in the past were so useful and important.
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  9. Your wife is a genious. Be sure to give her a good allowance and lots of encouragement to go out "shopping" for the good finds and photographic "subjects" for you.

  10. «Louis had forgotten all about Ansco!