Raymond Loewy designed both the 1954 Anscoflex camera and the 1955 Studebaker Commander car.
If you’re familiar with the logos for Shell, Exxon or the United States Coast Guard and Postal Service, not to mention the layout of the interior of the Concorde and Skylab, you’ve seen the work of French-American designer Raymond Loewy. It goes without saying that Loewy designed vehicles, including the Studebaker Avanti, Sunbeam Alpine, Hillman Minx, and Greyhound Scenicruiser. When I learned that my most recent old camera acquisition— a 1954 Ansco Anscoflex II— was a Loewy design, I decided it would be best for everyone if I took it to photograph a discarded Loewy-designed 1955 Studebaker Commander in a nearby junkyard.
Loewy designed the futuristic-looking exterior of the Anscoflex, not the low-bidder plastic lens and not-so-precision shutter assembly, so these shots on 620 film (actually, 120 film re-spooled on 620 reels) aren’t up to the sharpness levels of, say, photographs taken by my Ricohflex VII camera of the same era. Still, the Anscoflex was a lot of style for not much money, much like the Commander.