What brand of camera came first?
Cameras were originally hand-made by individual craftsman, often
to order, or by the person who intended to use them. One of the
earliest US brand-name sellers of cameras was E. Anthony, later E.
and H.T. Anthony, the first large scale seller of photographic
supplies in this country, but even Anthony had many of its cameras
made to order or imported, so the switch from craftsman-built to
brand name manufacturing was a gradual evolution. Anthony was also
to become the longest-lived seller of photographic goods. Anthony
eventually merged with Scovill, to become Anthony-Scovill, soon
shortened to Ansco, then Agfa-Ansco, which ultimately became
Agfa-Gevaert which, through that lineage, is the oldest
continuously operating photographic firm in the world.