|January 17, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Cool Gear Auctions|
This is the Agfa Ansco Shur Shot Box camera. Originally introduced in 1932 by the Agfa Ansco Corporation of Binghamton, New York, the Agfa Shur-Shot was available in two different flavors — a 6X9 version, and a larger 6.5X11 version. While the exact date of manufacture for the camera referred to in this post is not known, it would appear that it pre-dates 1943 — as, I have it on good authority, Shur Shot cameras from 1943 onward dropped the “Agfa” name and were labeled simply as “Ansco Shure-Shot.” Speculation is that this particular camera was probably built slightly before that, circa 1940.
This model of Shure Shot used “D6” 116 film — which, apparently, is no longer the easiest film to come by. Many photographers still wanting to shoot with their old 116 film cameras have apparently resorted to buying 70mm film (which itself is now becoming almost as difficult to locate) and custom winding it themselves onto 116 sized backing paper. Apparently 616 film can be made to work in the same way. However, even in going this route, you’re going to be pretty much limited to developing the film yourself in your own darkroom. It has been surmised that there is probably no longer a commercial lab anywhere on the planet that has the ability to handle color 116 film, and very, very few that will still process black and white. And, that’s just too bad. Because, as can be seen here, color shots from these cameras can be awesomely-terrible-arific!
But, lets get down to what’s really so special about this particular box camera — naked ladies! (tee-hee) This camera sports custom painted, vintage-cool, pin-up style, Polynesian themed, WWII era graphics on its sides — just like the ones those old fly-boys used to paint on the sides of their world war two bombers in order to trick the Nazis into thinking they were just seeing airplanes full of sexy women coming to entertain the war weary Nazi soldiers. Then, SURPRISE! It’s not actually plane loads of beautiful Dames with gorgeous gams, at all! It’s actually a plane load of Nazi-crushing, death-bringing, blowin-up bombs! Silly Nazis! They always fell for that. Historians believe that this trick was particularly effective due to the common German confusion surrounding the English colloquial usage of the term “Bomb-Shell.” … I think that’s all true, but I’m no history teacher, so you might want to check for yourself.
For whatever reason WWII pilots used to paint those images on the sides of their planes, they sure did look pretty cool. And, this camera’s got those types of images right on it! In one of those pictures, you can even see the lady’s …umm… boobies! (tee-hee, again)
Other cool things about this camera? The lens on these old Shur-Shots was actually located BEHIND the shutter! That’s weird, huh? This particular camera also comes with a rather nice looking — although slightly beat-up — custom built, wooden case.
All in all, Doll-face, this is a pretty dandy looking piece of old gear, see? And, if you plays yer cards right, that pretty mug of yours just might be able to take a gander at the business end of this auction here, see? The price for this item is currently set at three-hundred and sixty-five clams, and there haven’t been any bids placed yet, Shweet-hawt. The Auction runs until January 22nd, then it’s coytins.
UPDATE, February 2nd: It looks as though the auction for this camera has expired without a winning bidder. It has since been re-listed here.