Marcy's All Shur-Shot page:

Call it Ansco. Call it Agfa. It's still a Shur-Shot. Beings as it takes a village to create a web site, I'd like to invite anyone with anything to say about a ShurShot, any ShurShot, to send it along. I want to turn this page into an all-Shur-Shot extravaganza.

I found the Shur Shot on the left (above) in a junk store. It had film in it. The results are shown below.

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I'll bet that car's a real chick magnet!

Yup. See?

Wow! An entire herd of them!


Or, maybe it's the pants?

Wait. This is the herd.


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Michelle's Ansco Shur Shot Camera Review:

[This guest review is written by Michelle Gienow, a Baltimore photo journalist of much renown, though she doesn't want me to say that. She calls this review her Al Gore imitation.]

The Ansco Shur Shot is a nifty little camera: the most basic of box cameras, with a very rudimentary lens that is actually behind the shutter. (You can watch the shutter trip from outside the camera, but you have to open it up if you want to see the lens!).  It takes 120 film using a large, unwieldy roll film holder that must be carefully inserted into and extracted from the camera without dislodging the film.  It's also tricky to make sure the take-up film spool connects with the external knob but the camera is otherwise simple to use.  There are two viewfinders for composing either horizontal or vertical shots, and a simple lever to trip the shutter. Shutter speed seems to be about 1/60th of a second at about f8 or f11. There's a little red window on the back for viewing the picture number; it takes 8 approximately 6x9 cm shots.

The camera gives no clue as to its age, the only markings being the words "Ansco Shur Shot, Made in USA, Binghamton, New York" on its attractively pinstriped metal front.  The rest of the body is made of wood and cardboard, covered in stippled black leather.  Amazingly enough, considering its age and the fact that it came out of a garbage dump, the camera is light tight and produced relatively in-focus images.  [Is anyone else wondering what Michelle was doing in a garbage dump?-MM] Not much close range capability, though, as seen by my arty but failed attempt to include a large iris flower in the foreground of the second image.  I've been considering turning this camera into a pinhole box, but find I like it too much to yank out its funky lens/shutter arrangement.

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AND, since everyone's always asking about the Shur Shot, I thought I'd include the following info, gleaned from -MM:

"The Agfa Ansco Corporation introduced the Shur Shot camera in 1932. One model had a 6x9 cm frame. Another model, with a smooth front, had a 6.5x11 cm frame. That same year, Ansco introduced the Shur Shot Special, with a 6x9 cm frame area.

The Ansco Shur Shot and Shur Shot Junior (both with a 6x9 cm frame area) were again introduced in 1948."

McKeown's PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS (2001 - 2002) has this to say about the Ansco Shur-Shot, "c1948. A basic box camera with vertically-striped aluminum front. Perhaps the most common to the Ansco box cameras. $1 - 10."

and... about the Agfa Shur-Shot Regular,"c1935-41. Made in USA by Agfa Ansco. Common box cameras, made in B2 (120) and D6 (116) sizes. Hinged masks at focal plane allow full or half-frame images. Earlier type, c1935, has black faceplate with rectangular art-deco design. Intermediate type, c1938, has dark face, light vertical band and concentric circle around lens. Later type, c1940, has light faceplate with Agfa rhombus below lens. $1-10."

and... about the Shur-Shot Special, "c1935-41. Same as Shur-Shot Regular, but with built-in closeup lens. Early type, c1935, has black art-deco faceplate has vertical band of 30 narrow stripes, flanked by three stars on each side of lens. Later, c1939, has light face with U-shaped band of 6 then black stripes. $5-15."

For more info on box cameras, check out the Box Camera Basics page!

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