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Anthony (E.& H.T. Anthony)
Through the 1870s, Anthony produced equipment primarily designed for the professional photographer, and for studio use. However, in the 1870s, Anthony began to produce equipment designed for more general use, and in 1881, launched a promotional campaign announcing equipment designs for "...Photography for the Million." Some of the company's most distinctive and technically interesting apparatus was produced over the next twenty years.
In 1901, Anthony merged with Scovill & Adam's, another ancient and prominent American company, to become Anthony & Scovill, and in 1907, the name was shortened to Ansco. In 1928 Ansco merged with Agfa, a German company, and became Agfa-Ansco. World War II resulted in the American interests in Agfa-Ansco becoming a division of General Aniline and Film, better known as GAF, through 1967. What remained of the photographic business in GAF quickly ebbed, and the last vestiges withered in the late 1970s. By 1981, GAF had divested itself of all photo related practices, and all physical traces of the most famous name in the early establishment and development of the American photographer had disappeared. In some sense the spirit lives, for the ANSCO trademark was purchased by the Haking company of Hong Kong, who continues to manufacture inexpensive photo products.