NO. 2 ANSCO & NO. 3 ANSCO             

  Anthony & Scovill Company, New York          1903-1905


Introduced by 1903, the No. 2 Ansco and No. 3 Ansco box cameras were initially fitted with removable roll film magazines. The No. 2 produced pictures 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 and the No. 3, 4x5.  The film magazines were constructed of wood, having an aluminum faceplate and fittings.  Beautifully finished and shamefully hidden from view, they are no doubt the cameras' most attractive feature.


Patents covering the roll film magazine's design (Patent No. 698,173) and the camera's two-button pivotal leaf shutter (Patent No. 698,172) were both issued on April 22, 1902 to Carl A. Bornmann (1868-1957). Both patents were assigned to E. & H.T. Anthony and Company of New York:



                     Source:  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



                     Source:  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



                     Source:  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


A third patent covering the subsequent direct-load spool design (Patent No. 731,537) was also issued on June 23, 1903 to Carl A. Bornmann. This patent was assigned to the Anthony & Scovill Company of New York:




                      Source:  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


By 1906, Anthony & Scovill's box camera line had been redesigned. Gone were the removable magazines, replaced by film spools capable of being loaded directly into the camera.  The two-button shutter design continued through at least 1908-1909, being replaced thereafter by a single release lever.  Both the No.2 and No. 3 Anscos no longer appear in Ansco's 1914-1915 catalog, with the Buster Brown line now dominating.

Carl Bornmann, an employee of Scovill & Adams, followed the company's lineage, working for Anthony & Scovill, Ansco, Ansco Photo Products and finally Agfa-Ansco. Over the course of his career, Bornmann was granted at least 45 photographic patents.  From a design perspective, Bornmann did for his company what Frank Brownell did for Eastman Kodak. Per a notation in Popular Photography Magazine, March, 1946, "Carl Bornmann, veteran camera designer, recently received a special gift from the company in recognition of his 58 years service".  Working backwards, this places his beginning with either the Scovill Manufacturing Company in 1888 or with Scovill & Adams in 1889 during the company's transition.

Of the two models featured here, the No. 2 Ansco is equipped with the earlier removable film magazine, while the No. 3 Ansco is a later production model utilizing the typical direct-load roll film spool.


Today, these unique roll film magazine Anscos are seldom encountered, and the No. 2 Ansco is seen less frequently than the No. 3 Ansco.